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Numbers, Ronald L.

Works: 119 works in 474 publications in 3 languages and 28,506 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Popular works  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Other, Contributor, win
Classifications: BS651, 261.55
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Most widely held works about Ronald L Numbers
Most widely held works by Ronald L Numbers
The creationists by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

18 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forty-seven percent of the American people, according to a 1991 Gallup Poll, believe that God made man - as man is now - in a single act of creation, and within the last ten thousand years. Ronald L. Numbers chronicles the astonishing resurgence of this belief since the 1960s, as well as the creationist movement's tangled religious roots in the theologies of late-nineteenth - and early twentieth century Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Adventists, and other religious groups. Even more remarkable than Numbers's story of today's widespread rejection of the theory of evolution is the dramatic shift from acceptance of the earth's antiquity (even for William Jennings Bryan the biblical "days" of Genesis represented long geological ages) to the insistence of present-day scientific creationists that most fossils date back to Noah's flood and its aftermath, and that the earth itself is no more than ten thousand years old. The author focuses especially on the rise of this "flood geology," popularized in 1961 by John Whitcomb and Henry Morris's book, The Genesis Flood, which defended the theory that creation took place in six literal days, and updated the old arguments purporting to prove that a geologically significant worldwide flood actually took place. Numbers gives particular attention to the development of creation research institutes and societies, and to those creationists - including the half of the founders of the Creation Research Society with doctorates in biology - who possessed, or claimed to possess, scientific credentials. On the basis of dozens of interviews and scores of little-known manuscript collections, Numbers delineates the competing scientific and biblical interpretations, and reports on the debates between creationists and evolutionists - in courthouses, legislative halls, and on school boards - over the boundaries between science and religion. He traces the evolution of scientific creationism up to our own time and shows how the creationist movement challenges the very meaning of science. In giving The Creationists the Albert C. Outler Prize in Ecumenical Church History, the American Society of Church History has said, "This is a superb work of historical scholarship ... a landmark book."
Galileo goes to jail : and other myths about science and religion by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to puncture the myths, from Galileo's incarceration to Darwin's deathbed conversion to Einstein's belief in a personal God who "didn't play dice with the universe." The picture of science and religion at each other's throats persists in mainstream media and scholarly journals, but each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain by seeing beyond the myths. --from publisher description
Sickness and health in America : readings in the history of medicine and public health by Judith Walzer Leavitt( Book )

21 editions published between 1978 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects scholarly essays on the history of various aspects of medical practice in the United States
God and nature : historical essays on the encounter between Christianity and science( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 1,153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caring and curing : health and medicine in the Western religious traditions( Book )

16 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Most religious traditions have a rich, if largely forgotten, heritage of involvement in medical issues of life, death, and health. Religious values influence our behavior and attitudes toward sickness, sexuality, and lifestyle, to say nothing of more controversial subjects such as abortion and euthanasia. The essays ... illuminate the history of health and medicine within the Judeo-Christian tradition. Bringing together 20 original articles by expert scholars in the fields of the history of religion and the history of medicine, Caring and Curing provides a fascinating and enlightening overview of how religious values have come to affect the practice of medicine and medical care"--Back cover
Darwinism comes to America by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The creationists : from scientific creationism to intelligent design by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In light of the embattled status of evolutionary theory, particularly as 'intelligent design' makes headway against Darwinism in the schools and in the courts, this account of the roots of creationism assumes new relevence. This edition offers an overview of the arguments and figures at the heart of the debate
When science & Christianity meet( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Have science and Christianity been locked in mortal combat for the past 2000 years? Or has their relationship been one of peaceful coexistence, encouragement, and support? Both opinions have been vigorously defended, widely disseminated, and hotly debated. And both have been rejected by knowledgeable historians as unacceptable oversimplifications of the historical reality. This book steps back from those debates, abandoning, for the present, the attempt to formulate or defend generalizations of such breadth and scope. Its authors believe that every encounter had its own peculiar shape and that each must be examined uniquely before broader attempts at generalization are likely to succeed. This book, in language accessible to the general reader, investigates twelve of the most notorious, most interesting, and most instructive cases, aiming to tell each story in its historical specificity and local particularity
The Disappointed : Millerism and Millenarianism in the nineteenth century( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1993 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newton's apple and other myths about science by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and Swedish and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Edited by Ronald Numbers and Kostas Kampourakis, Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science debunks the widespread belief that science advances when individual geniuses experience 'Eureka!' moments and suddenly comprehend what those around them could never imagine. Science has always been a cooperative enterprise of dedicated, fallible human beings, for whom context, collaboration, and sheer good luck are the essential elements of discovery, "
Prophetess of health : a study of Ellen G. White by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

11 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historian of science Ronald Numbers here examines one of the most influential, yet least examined, religious leaders in American history - Ellen G. White, the enigmatic visionary who founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Numbers scrutinizes While's life (1827-1915), from her teenage visions and testimonies to her extensive advice on health reform, which influenced the direction of Adventism."--Jacket
The religion and science debate : why does it continue? by Harold W Attridge( Book )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eighty-one years after America witnessed the Scopes trial over the teaching of evolution in public schools, the debate between science and religion continues. In this book scholars from a variety of disciplines - sociology, history, science, and theology - provide new insights into the contemporary dialogue as well as some perspective suggestions for delineating the responsibilities of both the scientific and religious spheres. Why does the tension between science and religion continue? How have those tensions changed during the past one hundred years? How have those tensions impacted the public debate about so-called "intelligent design" as a scientific alternative to evolution? With wit and wisdom the authors address the conflict from its philosophical roots to its manifestations within American culture. In doing so, they take an important step toward creating a society that reconciles scientific inquiry with the human spirit. This book, which marks the one hundredth anniversary of The Terry Lecture Series, offers a unique perspective for anyone interested in the debate between science and religion in America
Disseminating Darwinism : the role of place, race, religion and gender by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This innovative collection of original essays focuses on the ways in which geography, gender, race, and religion influenced the reception of Darwinism in the English-speaking world of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Essays spanning the world from Great Britain and North America to Australia and New Zealand explore the various meanings of Darwinism in these widely separated locales, while other chapters focus on the difference race, religion, and gender made in the debates over evolution."--Jacket
Medicine without doctors : home health care in American history( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creation by natural law : Laplace's nebular hypothesis in American thought by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Belief in the divine origin of the universe began to wane most markedly in the nineteenth century, when scientific accounts of creation by natural law arose to challenge traditional religious doctrines. Most of the credit - or blame - for the victory of naturalism has generally gone to Charles Darwin and the biologists who formulated theories of organic evolution. Darwinism undoubtedly played the major role, but the supporting parts played by naturalistic cosmogonies should also be acknowledged. Chief among these was the nebular hypothesis proposed by Pierre Simon Laplace in 1796, which explained the origin of the solar system as a natural development over extended periods of time. Ronald Numbers focuses on Laplace's theory as it affected American scientific thought. he first traces the history of Laplace's cosmogony chronologically, from its European inception to its demise about 1900. the last three chapters explore some of the theological and scientific consequences resulting from the acceptance of this cosmogony. Most significant was the change in the status of supernatural doctrine. When the nebular hypothesis lost credence at the end of the nineteenth century, those who had before tried to accommodate natural theory with supernatural doctrine no longer felt compelled to do so when faced with succeeding theories. The nebular hypothesis, it seems, had established natural law in the heavens
Science and religion around the world by John Hedley Brooke( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The past quarter-century has seen an explosion of interest in the history of science and religion. But all too often the scholars writing it have focused their attention almost exclusively on the Christian experience, with only passing reference to other traditions of both science and faith. At a time when religious ignorance and misunderstanding have lethal consequences, such provincialism must be avoided and, in this pioneering effort to explore the historical relations of what we now call "science" and "religion," the authors go beyond the Abrahamic traditions to examine the way nature has been understood and manipulated in regions as diverse as ancient China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Science and Religion around the World also provides authoritative discussions of science in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- as well as an exploration of the relationship between science and the loss of religious beliefs. The narratives included in this book demonstrate the value of plural perspectives and of the importance of location for the construction and perception of science-religion relations
Wrestling with nature : from omens to science( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When and where did science begin? Historians have offered different answers to these questions, some pointing to Babylonian observational astronomy, some to the speculations of natural philosophers of ancient Greece. Others have opted for early modern Europe, which saw the triumph of Copernicanism and the birth of experimental science, while yet another view is that the appearance of science was postponed until the nineteenth century. Rather than posit a modern definition of science and search for evidence of it in the past, the contributors to Wrestling with Nature examine how students of nat
Science and Christianity in pulpit and pew by Ronald L Numbers( Book )

16 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays address broad topics such as the popularization of scientific ideas, secularization and the development of the naturalistic worldview
Creationism in Europe by Hans Henrik Hjermitslev( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Galileo goes to jail : and other myths about science and religion
Alternative Names
Numbers, Ronald

Ronald Numbers Amerikaans historicus

Ronald Numbers US-amerikanischer Historiker

רונלד נמברס

넘버스, 로널드 L

ナンバーズ, R. L

English (238)

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Galileo goes to jail : and other myths about science and religionSickness and health in America : readings in the history of medicine and public healthGod and nature : historical essays on the encounter between Christianity and scienceCaring and curing : health and medicine in the Western religious traditionsDarwinism comes to AmericaThe creationists : from scientific creationism to intelligent designWhen science & Christianity meetThe Disappointed : Millerism and Millenarianism in the nineteenth century