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The Threat of Popular Science

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/9780226276465.003.0002
The Threat of Popular Science

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Cheap print gave more people access to instructive, educational, and religious publications, yet concerns about its dangers were expressed by commentators across the political and religious spectrum. Evangelicals were certainly not the only people to be worried, but they were vocal about their concerns and, more importantly for the story, were particularly active in their attempts to do something about it. All sorts of publications, from fiction to history, could be regarded as problematic, but the sciences were a particular concern. Popular publishing therefore offers a unique opportunity to examine the involvement of evangelicals in the sciences. Their commitment to intervention meant that they were not merely commenting on the sciences from an intellectual position, but were actively engaged in creating an evangelical framework for the sciences.

Keywords: popular science; religious publications; evangelicals; science publications; popular publishing; evangelical framework

Chapter.  15380 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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