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Roman Catholicism and Modern Science
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Yet apart from relatively few and specialized studies, there have been no extensive historical treatments of Catholic attitudes toward science after Galileo. This is the first general history of the reactions of the Roman Catholic Church to developments in the natural sciences from about 1800 to the dawn of the twenty-first century.
While Galileo's heliocentric universe had challenged the "inerrancy" of the Bible, Darwin's theory challenged the direct and immediate creation of the first humans.
Through O'Leary's cast of characterspopes from Pius IX to John Paul II, polemicists like Thomas Henry Huxley and Irish physicist John Tyndall, and Catholic apologists and scientists like St. George Jackson Mivartwe get a clear picture of the back and forth volleys between representatives of the scientific and ecclesiastical establishments as well as within each of those establishments.
Besides evolution, a wide range of other issues receives attention, including agnosticism, biblical criticism, the philosophy and professionalization of science, the nature of Catholic dogma vis-à-vis science and of intellectual freedom vis-à-vis faith and ecclesiastical authority. Many of these issues achieved a certain resolution in the years before and after the Second Vatican Council.
However, toward the end of the twentieth century, new issues facing the church and global society emerged with a new variety and urgency, with environmental concerns, on the one hand, and portentous developments in the biological sciences, on the other, including contraception, "in vitro" fertilization, gene therapy, experimentation on embryos, and organ transplantation.
O'Leary explains the intricacies of all of these issues clearly and fairly, though their ultimate resolution may take decades to achieve.
Roman Catholicism and Modern Science by Don O'Leary was published by Continuum in November 2007 and is our 39192nd best seller. The ISBN for Roman Catholicism and Modern Science is 9780826429261.
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|Author / Artist||Don O'Leary|
|Publisher||Continuum (November 2007)|
|Number of Pages||376|
|Page last updated||13th October 2017|