The two-volume Science and Religion
holds the promise of introducing the reader to everything important about the title subject - the major facts, the issues, their social and intellectual context, the positions taken and the arguments supporting them - and actually deliver on that promise. In Volume II, Olsen covers the scientific revolution of Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo, the Newtonian synthesis, the Kantian separation of science and faith, Darwin and responses. The writing is authoritative, accessible and even-handed. Appended to each volume is a chronology of related events, approximately 50-pages of hard to find primary sources, and an annotated bibliography. Serious students of science and religion should start here. Volume II, 292 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
Galileo. Newton. Darwin. These giants are remembered for their great contributions to science. Often forgotten, however, is the profound influence that Christianity had on their lives and work. This study explores the many ways in which religion--its ideas, attitudes, practices, and institutions--interacted with science from the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution to the end of the nineteenth century.
Both scientists and persons of faith sometimes characterize the relationship between science and religion as confrontational. Historian Richard G. Olson finds instead that the interactions between science and religion in Western Christendom have been complex, often mutually supportive, even transformative. This book explores those interactions by focusing on a sequence of major religious and intellectual movements--from Christian Humanist efforts to turn science from a primarily contemplative exercise to an activity aimed at improving the quality of human life, to the widely varied Christian responses to Darwinian ideas in both Europe and North America during the second half of the nineteenth century.