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Genesis before Darwin: Why Scripture Needed Liberating from Science

Francis Watson

in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

It is commonly assumed that "Darwin" represents the triumph of scientific rationality over scripture and superstition—an assumption combining ignorance of history with a philosophically naïve account ... More


Fragments of Design

Gowan Dawson

in Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226332734
eISBN:
9780226332871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter explores how William Buckland and other gentlemanly proponents of natural theology at Oxford and Cambridge appropriated the law of correlation as an irrefutable proof of divine design, ... More


Buckland's designful geohistory (1832–36)

in Worlds Before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226731285
eISBN:
9780226731308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.003.0030
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses how the evidence for directionality could be harnessed for less-disturbing ends and shows how William Buckland made one such interpretation widely accessible. In his book, ... More


The last mass extinction (1826–31)

in Worlds Before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226731285
eISBN:
9780226731308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.003.0015
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes what was widely taken to be growing evidence for the reality of a geologically recent “revolution,” based on how it seemed to have affected the living world. In the middle ... More


Men among the mammoths? (1825–30)

in Worlds Before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226731285
eISBN:
9780226731308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.003.0017
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter considers the question of whether humans co-existed with the extinct “antediluvial” mammals. The discovery of human bones mixed with those of the unmistakably “antediluvial” species ... More


The progression of life (1833–39)

in Worlds Before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226731285
eISBN:
9780226731308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.003.0031
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses how the directional and even “progressive” character of the history of life was powerfully reinforced during the 1830s. William Buckland argued in his Bridgewater Treatise that ... More


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