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Introduction

in Science and Salvation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780226276472
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226276465 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.003.0001
Introduction

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This book explores the relationship between science and religion, specifically the religious reaction to the perceived threat posed by cheap science publishing in the middle of the nineteenth century. The sciences are regarded as moving from a highly religious state with no clear criteria for measuring expertise, to one that is professional and mostly secular during the nineteenth century. The book starts from the observation that some narratives do not take account of the ways in which science and faith related to one another outside the restricted community of specialists. Historians have been concerned with the development of professional science, so they tell the story largely from the point of view of men of science. This book approaches the question from the point of view of a religious community, and examines popular, rather than expert, science. It takes as a premise that the history of popular science and religion need not be the same as that of expert science and religion, and gets to the root of the issue by concentrating on the period when popular science publishing, in its secular and Christian variants, was developed.

Keywords: science; religion; religious state; religious community; popular science; scientific publishing

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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