Redeeming Culture by James Gilbert
American Religion in an Age of Science

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In this intriguing history, James Gilbert examines the confrontation between modern science and religion as these disparate, sometimes hostile modes of thought clashed in the arena of American culture. Beginning in 1925 with the infamous Scopes trial, Gilbert traces nearly forty years of competing attitudes toward science and religion.

"Anyone seriously interested in the history of current controversies involving religion and science will find Gilbert's book invaluable."—Peter J. Causton, Boston Book Review

"Redeeming Culture provides some fascinating background for understanding the interactions of science and religion in the United States. . . . Intriguing pictures of some of the highlights in this cultural exchange."—George Marsden, Nature

"A solid and entertaining account of the obstacles to mutual understanding that science and religion are now warily overcoming."—Catholic News Service

"[An] always fascinating look at the conversation between religion and science in America."—Publishers Weekly
 

About James Gilbert

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Gilbert is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park.
 
Published November 1, 1998 by University Of Chicago Press. 418 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, War, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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An impressionistic but memorable account of the mid-century negotiations between religion and science in American culture.

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The relationship between religion and science in the United States has often been marked by conflict. According to Gilbert, a history professor at the University of Maryland, the 1925 Scopes trial mar

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He recounts how the scientific community and secular society in general grew to view ""science as a model for moral reconstruction"" while leading religious figures countered by saying that ""science without religion is an invitation to human irresponsibility."" In this always fascinating look at...

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