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Science and Religion
Baden Powell and the Anglican Debate, 1800–1860

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  • Date Published: December 2008
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521101516

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  • Science and Religion assesses the impact of social, political and intellectual change upon Anglican circles, with reference to Oxford University in the decades that followed the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. More particularly, the career of Baden Powell, father of the more famous founder of the Boy Scout movement, offers material for an important case-study in intellectual and political reorientation: his early militancy in right-wing Anglican movements slowly turned to a more tolerant attitude towards radical theological, philosophical and scientific trends. During the 1840s and 1850s, Baden Powell became a fearless proponent of new dialogues in transcendentalism in theology, positivism in philosophy, and pre-Darwinian evolutionary theories in biology. He was for instance the first prominent Anglican to express full support for Darwin's Origin of Species. Analysis of his many publications, and of his interaction with such contemporaries as Richard Whately, John Henry and Francis Newman, Robert Chambers, William Benjamin Carpenter, George Henry Lewes and George Eliot, reveals hitherto unnoticed dimensions of mid-nineteenth-century British intellectual and social life.

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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521101516
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    Part I. Biographical Introduction
    1. The Hackney Phalanx: a family network
    2. Baden Powell's early theological papers
    3. Baden Powell's reflections on science in the early 1820s
    4. Science and religion in the 1820s
    5. Rational Religion Examined
    6. Baden Powell between Oriel and Hackney
    Part II. Baden Powell and the Noetic School
    7. The teaching of Richard Whately
    8. The collision
    9. Science and academic politics at Oxford:
    1825–1835
    10. Science and revelation:
    1826–1836
    Part III. The New Synthesis and its Developments
    11. The methodology of science
    12. The Christian apologetic and the fallacies of natural theology
    13. Christian tolerance
    14. The parting of the ways: Baden Powell versus Richard Whately
    Part IV. The Question of Species
    15. The French threat
    16. Species without Darwin
    17. Towards the Origin
    18. Conclusions
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Pietro Corsi

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