Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion

ISBN: 0674033272

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Ronald L. Numbers, "Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion"
Harvard University Press | 2009 | ISBN: 0674033272, 0674054393 | 320 pages | PDF | 1,4 MB

If we want nonscientists and opinion-makers in the press, the lab, and the pulpit to take a fresh look at the relationship between science and religion, Ronald Numbers suggests that we must first dispense with the hoary myths that have masqueraded too long as historical truths.

Until about the 1970s, the dominant narrative in the history of science had long been that of science triumphant, and science at war with religion. But a new generation of historians both of science and of the church began to examine episodes in the history of science and religion through the values and knowledge of the actors themselves. Now Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to ­puncture the myths, from Galileo’s incarceration to Darwin’s deathbed conversion to Einstein’s belief in a personal God who “didn’t play dice with the universe.” The picture of science and religion at each other’s throats persists in mainstream media and scholarly journals, but each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain by seeing beyond the myths.


Contents:

That the rise of Christianity was responsible for the demise of ancient science / David C. Lindberg
That the medieval Christian church suppressed the growth of science / Michael H. Shank
That medieval Christians taught that the earth was flat / Lesley B. Cormack
That medieval Islamic culture was inhospitable to science / Syed Nomanul Haq
That the medieval church prohibited human dissection / Katharine Park
That Copernicanism demoted humans from the center of the cosmos / Dennis R. Danielson
That Giordano Bruno was the first martyr of modern science / Jole Shackelford
That Galileo was imprisoned and tortured for advocating Copernicanism / Maurice A. Finocchiaro
That Christianity gave birth to modern science / Noah J. Efron
That the scienfitic revolution liberated science from religion / Margaret J. Osler
That Catholics did not contribute to the scientific revolution / Lawrence M. Principe
That René Descartes originated the mind-body distinction / Peter Harrison
That Isaac Newton's mechanistic cosmology eliminated the need for God / Edward B. Davis
That the church denounced anesthesia in childbirth on biblical grounds / Rennie B. Schoepflin
That the theory of organic evolution is based on circular reasoning / Nicolaas A. Rupke
That evolution destroyed Darwin's faith in Christianity : until he reconverted on his deathbed / James Moore
That Huxley defeated Wilberforce in their debate over evolution and religion / David N. Livingstone
That Darwin destroyed natural theology / Jon H. Roberts
That Darwin and Haeckel were complicit in Nazi biology / Robert J. Richards
That the Scopes trial ended in defeat for antievolutionism / Edward J. Larson
That Einstein believed in a personal God / Matthew Stanley
That Quantum physics demonstrated the doctrine of free will / Daniel Patrick Thurs
That "intelligent design" represents a scientific challenge to evolution / Michael Ruse
That creationism is a uniquely American phenomenon / Ronald L. Numbers
That modern science has secularized Western culture / John Hedley Brooke.

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