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The issue of science versus religion is as old as the Renaissance. A new bombshell was brought to this issue when Charles Darwin discovered natural selection as the mechanism of evolution. Known as “Darwin’s bulldog”, Thomas Huxley anticipated modern-day discussions on the issue of science and religion. Among the topics included here are evolution versus Genesis, the authorship of the Pentateuch, and a history of paleontology. Huxley’s final offering is an anthropological study of the evolution of theology. For the student who wishes to trace the history of this debate, Huxley is essential reading.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-59333-836-7
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Publication Status: In Print
Publication Date: Jan 5,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 384
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-59333-836-7
$178.00

The issue of science versus religion is as old as the Renaissance. A new bombshell was brought to this issue when Charles Darwin discovered natural selection as the mechanism of evolution. While Darwin was retiring and reluctant to make his astute observations public, his close associate, Thomas Huxley was less reticent. Known as “Darwin’s bulldog”, Huxley anticipated modern-day discussions on the issue of science and religion. In this sampling of his essays and lectures from the last quarter of the nineteenth century, he leaves no doubt as to his views, which were supported by his own scientific research. Among the topics included here are evolution versus Genesis, the authorship of the Pentateuch, and a history of paleontology. Huxley’s final offering is an anthropological study of the evolution of theology. For the student who wishes to trace the history of this debate, Huxley is essential reading. He was one of the first writers to address the biblical material from the vantage-point of a fully qualified scientist.

Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), was a biologist and developed several evolutionary concepts based on Darwin; much of his work was in vertebrate paleontology. Although a fierce defender of Darwin and his theories, he did not always agree with Darwin. He coined the term “agnosticism” to explain his stance on religious belief. Huxley is the grandfather of writer Aldous Huxley.

The issue of science versus religion is as old as the Renaissance. A new bombshell was brought to this issue when Charles Darwin discovered natural selection as the mechanism of evolution. While Darwin was retiring and reluctant to make his astute observations public, his close associate, Thomas Huxley was less reticent. Known as “Darwin’s bulldog”, Huxley anticipated modern-day discussions on the issue of science and religion. In this sampling of his essays and lectures from the last quarter of the nineteenth century, he leaves no doubt as to his views, which were supported by his own scientific research. Among the topics included here are evolution versus Genesis, the authorship of the Pentateuch, and a history of paleontology. Huxley’s final offering is an anthropological study of the evolution of theology. For the student who wishes to trace the history of this debate, Huxley is essential reading. He was one of the first writers to address the biblical material from the vantage-point of a fully qualified scientist.

Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895), was a biologist and developed several evolutionary concepts based on Darwin; much of his work was in vertebrate paleontology. Although a fierce defender of Darwin and his theories, he did not always agree with Darwin. He coined the term “agnosticism” to explain his stance on religious belief. Huxley is the grandfather of writer Aldous Huxley.

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  • PREFACE (page 5)
  • CONTENTS (page 15)
  • I. ON THE METHOD OF ZADIG [1880]: RETROSPECTIVE PROPHECY AS A FUNCTION OF SCIENCE (page 17)
  • II. THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF PALEONTOLOGY [1881] (page 40)
  • III. LECTURES ON EVOLUTION [1876]: I. THE THREE HYPOTHESES RESPECTING THE HISTORY OF NATURE (page 62)
  • LECTURES ON EVOLUTION: II THE HYPOTHESIS OF EVOLUTION. THE NEUTRAL AND THE FAVOURABLE EVIDENCE. (page 91)
  • LECTURES ON EVOLUTION: III THE DEMONSTRATIVE EVIDENCE OF EVOLUTION (page 130)
  • IV. THE INTERPRETERS OF GENESIS AND THE INTERPRETERS OF NATURE [1885] (page 155)
  • V. MR. GLADSTONE AND GENESIS [1886] (page 180)
  • VI. THE LIGHTS OF THE CHURCH AND THE LIGHT OF SCIENCE. [1890] (page 217)
  • VII. HASISADRA'S ADVENTURE [1891] (page 255)
  • VIII. THE EVOLUTION OF THEOLOGY: AN ANTHROPHOLOGICAL STUDY [1886] (page 303)