As contemporary historiography shows, religious ideas -Christian, Judaic and Islamic - motivate much modern scientific effort. This volume explores the question of whether these ideas have shaped the actual content of scientific theories. Reflecting recent scholarships, this collection uncovers the theological facets of modern astronomy in the works of Galileo, Kepler and Newton, the retention of teleology in the natural philosophy of Boyle, and the theistic and teleological associations of the theory of evolution by Darwin and Wallace. This volume should interest historians of science, scientists and intrigued by the manifold construction of the relation between science and religion.
John Hedley Brooke is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford. Margaret J. Osler is professor of history at University of Calgary. Jitse M. van der Meer if professor of biology and philosophy at Redeemer University College.