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The watch on the heath : science and religion before Darwin

Author: Keith Stewart Thomson
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2005.
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"Observing life ever more closely, an extraordinary generation of English geologists, fossil hunters and naturalists were compelled to accept that their planet was older, more complicated, diverse and cruel than they had previously imagined. Questions about God and the Bible inevitably began to arise. But for these men, unlike for Darwin, science and religion could share a philosophical basis: a careful rational  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Stewart Thomson
ISBN: 0007133138 9780007133130
OCLC Number: 57529610
Description: xiv, 314 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Charles Darwin and William Paley --
An age of science, an age of reason --
Problems at home --
John Ray, founding father --
Difficulties with the theory, and the argument extended --
Fossils and time: Dr. Plot's dilemma --
Sacred theories --
Unfinished business: mountains and the flood --
This is atheism --
Gosse's dilemma and Adam's navel --
Good and evil: concerning the mind of God --
Paley, Malthus and Darwin --
The beginning of the end.
Responsibility: Keith Thomson.

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Galileo once wrote that `the Bible tells us how to go to Heaven, but not how the heavens go'. From the Greeks to the present day, thoughtful people have struggled to reconcile the discoveries of  Read more...

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