Slaying the Dragons : Destroying Myths in the History of Science and Faith, Paperback Book

Slaying the Dragons : Destroying Myths in the History of Science and Faith Paperback

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Are science and faith, particularly Christianity, inevitably in conflict, as the New Atheists proclaim?

Have they not always been so? Weren't early scientists hounded for their discoveries until Darwin burst on the scene and sent faith packing? Not if you look at the facts, says Dr Allan Chapman, who teaches the History of Science at the University of Oxford. History shows us that Galileo was not the victim of Church persecution - nor did Huxley 'win' the debate with Wilberforce.

Drawing on contemporary sources, Dr Chapman proves that the history of science and of faith always have been closely intertwined.

From the leading scientists of medieval times, many in Holy Orders, to the seventeenth-century Popes who maintained an astronomical observatory in the Vatican, to the Christian people of science today, science and faith have grown up together.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
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  • Category: Religion & science
  • ISBN: 9780745955834

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Very interesting, enjoyable, intelligent, well-written book. Combined with the author's obvious professional mastery of history his witty, passionate, and rhetorically sophisticated (in the positive sense) survey of the alleged conflict between science and religion is potent and entirely believable. Raises serious questions about the alleged war between science and Christianity - a myth held by both atheists and fundamentalist Christians. The best parts of the book are those in which the author stays with exploring the past and antecedents for the present. When he turns to the future and where we need to 'go from here' I found the book a little less engaging. Overall, though, a must read for any atheist or Christian who is willing to revisit their possible distorted myths about the "war" between science and religion.

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