History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, Volume One

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Andrew Dickson White 1897
English
  • Introduction
  • Chap. 1 - From Creation to Evolution. Section 1 - The Visible Universe
  • Chap. 1 - Section 2 - Theological Teachings regarding the Animals and Man
  • Chap. 1 - Section 3 - Theological and Scientific Theories of an Evolution in Animated Nature
  • Chap. 1 - Section 4 - The Final Effort of Theology
  • Chap. 2 - Geography - Section 1 - The Form of the Earth
  • Chap. 2 - Section 2 - The Delineation of the Earth
  • Chap. 2 - Section 3 - The Inhabitants of the Earth
  • Chap. 2 - Section 4 - The Size of the Earth
  • Chap. 2 - Section 5 - The Character of the Earth's Surface
  • Chap. 3 - Astronomy - Section 1 - The Old Sacred Theory of the Universe
  • Chap. 3 - Section 2 - The Heliocentric Theory
  • Chap. 3 - Section 3 - The War Upon Galileo
  • Chap. 3 - Section 4 - Victory of the Church over Galileo
  • Chap. 3 - Section 5 - Results of the Victory over Galileo
  • Chap. 3 - Section 6 - The Retreat of the Church after its Victory over Galileo
  • Chap. 4 - From "Signs and Wonders" to Law in the Heavens - Section 1 - The Theological View
  • Chap. 4 - Section 2 - Theological Efforts to Crush the Scientific View
  • Chap. 4 - Section 3 - The Invasion of Scepticism
  • Chap. 4 - Section 4 - Theological Efforts at Compromise - The Final Victory of Science
  • Chap. 5 - From Genesis to Geology - Section 1 - Growth of Theological Explanations
  • Chap. 5 - Section 2 - Efforts to Suppress the Scientific View
  • Chap. 5 - Section 3 - The First Great Effort at Compromise, Based on the Flood of Noah
  • Chap. 5 - Section 4 - Final Efforts at Compromise - the Victory of Science Complete
  • Chap. 6 - The Antiquity of Man, Eqyptology, and Assyriology- Section 1 - The Sacred Chronology
  • Chap. 6 - Section 2 - The New Chronology
  • Chap. 7 - The Antiquity of Man and Prehistoric Archeology - Section 1 - The Thunder-stones
  • Chap. 7 - Section 2 - The Flint Weapons and Implements
  • Chap. 8 - The "Fall of Man" and Anthropology
  • Chap. 9 - The "Fall of Man" and Ethnology
  • Chap. 10 - The "Fall of Man" and History
  • Chap. 11 - From "The Prince of the Power of the Air" to Meteorology - Section 1 - Growth of a Theological Theory
  • Chap. 11 - Section 2 - Diabolical Agency in Storms
  • Chap. 11 - Section 3 - The Agency of Witches
  • Chap. 11 - Section 4 - Franklin's Lightning Rod
  • Chap. 12 - From Magic to Chemistry and Physics - Section 1
  • Chap. 12 - From Magic to Chemistry and Physics - Section 2
The 21st Century, so far, has seen a dramatic and widespread questioning of "Science", much of it from "Evangelicals". But this attack on science is nothing new! Author White, in the late 1800's put it this way: from his introduction: "In all modern history, interference with science in the supposed interest of religion, no matter how conscientious such interference may have been, has resulted invariably, in the direst evils both to religion and to science; on the other hand, all untrammeled scientific investigation, no matter how dangerous to religion some of its stages may have seemed for the time to be, has invariably resulted in the highest good, both of religion and of science."

In these volumes, White chronicles the gradual emancipation of science from theology in various fields.

But White's work has been condemned by modern researchers! Historian of science and agnostic Ronald Numbers has stated, in a collection dealing with inaccuracies made by White and others, "Historians of science have known for years that White's ... accounts are more propaganda than history."

Biographer Albert Bigelow Paine mentioned that this book was one of Mark Twain's favorite books, near the end of his life. Barbara Schmidt, in her TwainQuotes.com says, "Mark Twain referred to Dickson's book saying, 'When you read it you see how those old theologians never reasoned at all'" Twain's personal copy of White's two volumes are heavily marked with his marginalia. - Summary by John Greenman & Wikipedia

Note: White's voluminous reference notes and commentary have been edited out for this recording. Here, they are referred to as "note one...note two...etc." and can be found in the original transcription at the Gutenberg Project link: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/505

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