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History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science

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Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife (first published January 1874)
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Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great book in terms of the science, but Draper was a man of his time and was heavily influenced by a strong aversion to Catholicism, characteristic of 19th century anti-clericalism. His assertion that Catholics worship Mary is as wrong as to assert that Muslims worship Muhammad - neither believe they are gods and reserve that act of faith for God alone. He was also selective in his choice of examples, he failed to mention that the fathers of most scientific disciplines were themselves believer ...more
Heather dennis
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-culture
Good book.

As a note: it's more of a history of the church and it's actions throughout the medieval periods to the present instead of the conflict between religion and science.

However, what it does do is explain the overall suppression of knowledge and how it profited from it which is why and this how the book ties the two together. The loss of absolute power it used to have is more of the driving cause and why it goes after anything that it views as contrary to both minor and major dogma in th
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well written and very interesting. The author stuck to Judaism, Christianity and Islam over the last ~2500 years. I would have liked to see more religions included, but most American history books are pretty focused on European history.
Martin Howard
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I chose 4 stars due to this being written towards the end of the nineteenth century and is slightly prosaic. However, the author has put together a very biased view, one that I strongly agree with, that religion especially of the Italian flavour, cannot withstand hard scientific scrutiny. Perhaps I do not understand religious faith, being an engineer I trust what can be proved.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has an incling that all that is religious is not the absolute t
Rick Sam
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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This is the popular understanding of Science and Religion. I'm not sure where he got all the sources, I could not find the sources for his writing.

But I wouldn't recommend this book if you want to gain new insight. If you live in the West, then you have the same thought as this book.

Rodney Stark presents a different thesis, worth investigating.
John Powell
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of those outstanding books that appear from time-to-time and exert great influence on contemporary thought. The amazing thing is that so long after its publication some people still remain Catholics! After Pope Pious IX had been exposed by Draper's book one might have expected a mass exodus of adherents. The reason this has not happened must be that still not enough people have read it. Goodreads members' comments suggest that the book is now hard to obtain. It should be kept in prin ...more
Michael Crosby
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart excellent

The church is about dominance. It is about unreason on logic and common sense the opposite of science which is common sense reason logic fair thinking. The church during the acquisition was responsible for killing over 30
Aug 10, 2011 marked it as to-read
I have an copy of this that was published in 1876, so I'm excited to read it, but I'm afraid to touch it. It's delicate.
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Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
intersting book
Feroz Dsilva
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A excellent history of the advancement of science inspite of religion.
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it
I stumbled across this book two weekends ago in Vermont, I couldn't get the owner to sell it to me.

If anyone knows readily - where a copy is - that definitely would not suck!
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John William Draper was an English-American scientist, philosopher, physician, chemist, historian and photographer.

He was the father of John C. Draper.
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“The history of Science is not a mere record of isolated discoveries; it is a narrative of the conflict of two contending powers, the expansive force of the human intellect on one side, and the compression arising from traditionary faith and human interests on the other.” 22 likes
“As to Science, she has never sought to ally herself to civil power. She has never attempted to throw odium or inflict social ruin on any human being. She has never subjected anyone to mental torment, physical torture, least of all to death, for the purpose of upholding or promoting her ideas. She presents herself unstained by cruelties and crimes. But in the Vatican—we have only to recall the Inquisition—the hands that are now raised in appeals to the 'Most Merciful' are crimsoned. They have been steeped in blood!” 4 likes
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