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Magisteria: The Entangled Histories of Science & Religion

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by Nicholas Spencer (Author) 

'Magisterial and brilliant.' -- Professor John Milbank

‘This book, though, is surely [Spencer's] magnum opus. It is astonishingly wide-ranging… and richly informed… So much complex history, theology and science could be heavy. What lightens the book is its clarity and the effervescent writing.' -- Sunday Times

‘With patience, balance and deep learning, Spencer… dismantles the myths that have accumulated around Galileo Galilei, Charles Darwin and other scientific figures… Filled with wit and wisdom.’ -- Philip Ball, TLS

‘Fascinating… prepare to read something genuinely fresh in what can be an extremely hackneyed debate.’ -- New Scientist

Most things you ‘know’ about science and religion are myths or half-truths that grew up in the last years of the nineteenth century and remain widespread today.

The true history of science and religion is a human one. It’s about the role of religion in inspiring, and strangling, science before the scientific revolution. It’s about the sincere but eccentric faith and the quiet, creeping doubts of the most brilliant scientists in history – Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Darwin, Maxwell, Einstein. Above all it’s about the question of what it means to be human and who gets to say – a question that is more urgent in the twenty-first century than ever before.

From eighth-century Baghdad to the frontiers of AI today, via medieval Europe, nineteenth-century India and Soviet Russia, Magisteria sheds new light on this complex historical landscape. Rejecting the thesis that science and religion are inevitably at war, Nicholas Spencer illuminates a compelling and troubled relationship that has definitively shaped human history.


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oneworld Publications (March 2, 2023)

Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 2, 2023

Language ‏ : ‎ English

File size ‏ : ‎EPUB, 4.7 MB

Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled

Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported

Print length ‏ : ‎ 568 pages

You will get a EPUB (5MB) file

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