Science and Salvation
Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain
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.
List of Abbreviations
The Threat of Popular Science
The Techniques of Evangelical Publishing
The Ministry of the Press
Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of RTS Writers and Staff
Appendix B: Volumes of the "Monthly Series"
"Fyfe has written an original and highly stimulating study that elucidates the fascinating ways in which evangelicals sought to embrace science on their own terms and to serve their own purposes. . . . Fyfe deepens our knowledge of the Victorian world and convincingly demolishes stereotypes of disengaged or disputatious evangelicals. Science and Salvation is replete with interesting episodes and thought-provoking asides. . . . Well researched, intriguing and rewarding."
"Fyfe's book has the same satisfying appeal as the detailed and illuminating works on popular reception of such leaders in the field of the history of nineteenth century science as Adrian Desmond and James Secord."