- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd ed. edition (17 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226276481
- ISBN-13: 978-0226276489
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
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Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing In Victorian Britain Paperback – 17 Jul 2004
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Aileen Fyfe examines the emergence of a popular science literature in early Victorian Britain, which was largely stimulated by the Religious Tract Society. Anxious that science and faith were becoming seen as mutually exclusive, the RTS embarked on an ambitious publishing venture.
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Threatened by the proliferation of cheap, mass-produced publications, the Religious Tract Society issued a series of publications on popular science during the 1840s. The books were intended to counter the developing notion that science and faith were mutually exclusive, and the Society's authors employed a full repertoire of evangelical techniques low prices, simple language, carefully structured narratives to convert their readers. The application of such techniques to popular science resulted in one of the most widely available sources of information on the sciences in the Victorian era.
A fascinating study of the tenuous relationship between science and religion in evangelical publishing, "Science and Salvation" examines questions of practice and faith from a fresh perspective. Rather than highlighting works by expert men of science, Aileen Fyfe instead considers a group of relatively undistinguished authors who used thinly veiled Christian rhetoric to educate first, but to convert as well. This important volume is destined to become essential reading for historians of science, religion, and publishing alike."
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