Science and Christian Belief

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CHAPTER ONE
The Challenge of Scientific Thinking

THE will of John Calvin McNair was written in 1857. In providing for the endowment of these lectures it directed that their object should be 'to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other and to prove the existence and attributes, as far as may be, of God from Nature.' Even at that time this was an ambitious project, as the English Bridgewater Treatises of 1829 had made clear. But the need to reconcile the new science and the old religious convictions was as real as it had ever been, as anyone could see who had read Tom Paine The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason. Yet John McNair could scarcely have foreseen the dramatic way in which the problem was so soon to burst once more into public interest. It was in 1859 when the ink in his will had been dry for a bare two years, that Darwin Origin of Species was published: it was in 1861 that Bishop Wilberforce, at a meeting in Oxford of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, so unwisely attacked this theory, and brought down upon the Christian Church the bitterness of Huxley and his followers. The complacency of the Victorian age had been shattered, and the echoes of the conflict could be heard all round the civilized world. Four years later, in 1863, Thomas Huxley coined the phrase Man's Place in Nature as a title for a collection of essays on evolution; and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • The Mcnair Lectures vi
  • Preface vii
  • Contents *
  • Chapter One - The Challenge of Scientific Thinking 1
  • Chapter Two - Scientific Method 29
  • Chapter Three The Human Element 64
  • Chapter Four - Christian Belief 97
  • Notes and References 119
  • Index 125
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