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Private Doubt, Public DilemmaReligion and Science since Jefferson and Darwin$
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Keith Thomson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203677

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203677.001.0001

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The Long-Standing Problem

The Long-Standing Problem

(p.1) Chapter One The Long-Standing Problem
Private Doubt, Public Dilemma

Keith Thomson

Yale University Press

The conflicts between science and religion are not exclusively a product of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed perhaps the most remarkable scientific discovery of all: that earth is not the center of the universe; while the eighteenth century focused on scientific approaches to Creation and the age of the earth. The book illustrates how our modern problems are not so different from those of our forefathers. We began with the Age of Reason; then came the Age of Science; and now the Age of Uncertainty and Doubt, with intellectual honesty, a mixture of politics and religion, and change as prevailing themes. The celebrated clash between religion and science is in fact part of a much broader phenomenon that occurs whenever there is change in knowledge. The book examines what happens when individuals are confronted with new knowledge that does not fit comfortably with the old.

Keywords:   science-religion conflict, Age of Reason, Age of Science, Age of Uncertainty and Doubt, knowledge change

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