Chapter 22. Science

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. William Durbin Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch22

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Durbin, W. (2010) Science, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Washington Theological Union, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • story of religion and science in America - shaping, if not beset, by two core issues;
  • postulating a historical relationship between “science and religion” - becoming problematic;
  • historiography, characterized by “complexity thesis ”;
  • “irreligiosity” among scientists - understood as a “boundary posturing mechanism”;
  • Brooke and Cantor, five approaches to “engagement of religion and science”;
  • Rhys Isaac's depiction of Virginia settlement - Anglican faith and practical sciences, giving shape to colony;
  • Mather, major work on new natural philosophy - The Christian Philosopher;
  • From Mather's day through the Revolution;
  • nineteenth-century transformations;
  • impact of evolution on Christian faith and formation - persistent anti–evolutionist movement in United States


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Hermeneutical Issues

  • Conflict or Harmony

  • Complexity

  • Cultural Encounters

  • Colonization

  • Into the Enlightenment

  • Out of the Revolution

  • Nineteenth-Century Transformations

  • Into the Twentieth Century

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography