Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism
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Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism by Geoffrey Cantor
Book DescriptionDarwin s theory of evolution transformed the life sciences and made profound claims about human origins and the human condition, topics often viewed as the prerogative of religion. As a result, evolution has provoked a wide variety of religious responses, ranging from angry rejection to enthusiastic acceptance. While Christian responses to evolution have been studied extensively, little scholarly attention has been paid to Jewish reactions. "Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism" is the first extended meditation on the Jewish engagement with this crucial and controversial theory. The contributors to "Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism "from several academic disciplines and two branches of the rabbinate present case studies showing how Jewish discussions of evolution have been shaped by the intersections of faith, science, philosophy, and ideology in specific historical contexts. Furthermore, they examine how evolutionary theory has been deployed when characterizing Jews as a race, both by Zionists and by anti-Semites. "Jewish Tradition and the Challenge of Darwinism "addresses historical and contemporary, as well as progressive and Orthodox, responses to evolution in America, Europe, and Israel, ultimately extending the history of Darwinism into new religious domains."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226092775
(223mm x 160mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Geoffrey Cantor
Science and Religion, Paperback (December 2011)
Leading historians explore the complex and contingent histories of religious engagements with science, and challenge the famous 'conflict thesis'.
Religion and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Hardback (February 2011)
An innovative reappraisal of the Great Exhibition of 1851, demonstrating that it was widely understood by contemporaries to possess a religious dimension and that it generated controversy among religious groups. Draws on sermons and extensive source material from the mid-Victorian religious press .
Science in the Nineteenth-century Periodical, Paperback (December 2007)» View all books by Geoffrey Cantor
This book identifies and analyses the presentation of science in the periodical press in Britain between 1800 and 1900.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey Cantor
Geoffrey Cantor is professor of the history of science at the University of Leeds. Marc Swetlitz has taught history of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oklahoma.
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