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Andrew Dickson White and the History of a Religious Future (2015)


Andrew Dickson White played a pivotal role in constructing the image of a necessary, and even violent, confrontation between religion and science that persists to this day. Though scholars have long acknowledged that his position is more complex, given that White claimed to be saving religion from theology, there has been no attempt to explore what this means in light of his overwhelming attack on existing religions. This essay draws attention to how White's role as a historian was decisive in allowing him to posit a future for religion purified of dogma by science. It argues, furthermore, that this effort is better understood as religious innovation, rather than a plea for strictly secular science. In so doing it hopes to lay the foundation for a more fruitful historical treatment of White, and a range of other figures whose devotion to science has otherwise been difficult to grasp.

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Authors & Contributors
Ungureanu, James C.
Numbers, Ronald L.
J. Jeanine Thweatt-Bates
Hutchings, David
Yalcinkaya, M. Alper
Wissemann, Volker
Revista de Psiquiatria Clínica
Kwartalnik Historii Nauki i Techniki
Journal for Maritime Research: Britian, the Sea and Global History
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Oxford University Press
University of Virginia Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Lexington Books
Harvard University Press
Ashgate Publishing
Science and religion
Controversies and disputes
Missionaries and missions
White, Andrew Dickson
Draper, John William
Darwin, Charles Robert
Reinke, Johannes (1849-1931)
Evans-Pritchard, Edward Evan
Whewell, William
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
21st century
20th century, late
Great Britain
Tokyo (Japan)
Tanzania (Tanganyika, Zanzibar)
South America
United States

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