ERIC Number: ED022684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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The Secularization of Geology Textbooks in the United States in the Nineteenth Century.
Wittmer, Paul William
This historical study traces in detail the gradual change in point of view in nineteenth century geology textbooks from religious fundamentalism to secularism. Scientific progress is identified as a major factor in bringing about this change. In the early decades of the nineteenth century authors stressed that geology was in accord with Christian doctrine. Indicated are changes that occurred in geology texts and the secular character of the texts in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. Issues prominent in earlier books received no discussion. Other issues formerly treated from a theistic viewpoint were discussed with no religious bias at all. The final chapter analyzes secularization with reference to the long standing conflict between religion and science. (BC)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Earth Science, Geology, Instructional Materials, Science History, Sciences, Textbooks
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Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY.
Identifiers: King James Version of the Holy Bible; New York University; United States