Friday, February 20, 2009
A must buy
I'm reviewing this book by Peter Harrison for a Canadian journal. It is clearly one of the most important books dealing with science and religion in recent years. Its argument is essentially a historical one: science did not emerge as an experimental activity conceived in opposition to Christianity. On the contrary: especially in England, science emerged as a bulwark enterprise against the growing sense of human falleness. Adam, the original human, is the figure who stands in contrast to the vicious, petty and prideful human condition. Primarily, this interpretation of theological anthropology arose within Protestantism, with few exceptions. In short, an excellent book, not despite the 740 footnotes.
Posted by Paul Allen at 11:47 AM