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Private Doubt, Public Dilemma: Religion and Science since Jefferson and Darwin

Keith Thomson


Each age has its own crisis—our modern experience of science-religion conflict is not so very different from that experienced by our forebears, this book proposes. The author considers the ideas and writings of Thomas Jefferson and Charles Darwin, two men who struggled mightily to reconcile their religion and their science, then looks to more recent times when scientific challenges to religion (evolutionary theory, for example) have given rise to powerful political responses from religious believers. Today, as in the eighteenth century, there are pressing reasons for members on each side of th ... More

Keywords: science-religion conflict, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300203677
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300203677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Thomson, author
University of Oxford