Private Doubt, Public Dilemma: Religion and Science Since Jefferson and Darwin


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Yale University Press
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5.7 X 0.8 X 8.5 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Keith Thomson, professor emeritus of natural history at the University of Oxford and Executive Officer, American Philosophical Society, is an author, biologist, and historian of science. He has written extensively on the history of evolutionary ideas, on Charles Darwin, and most recently on Thomas Jefferson's interests in science and nature. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.


"An engaging, thought-provoking work that engages big questions and important issues in an accessible manner."--Frank Cogliano, author of Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson's Foreign Policy--Frank Cogliano (08/22/2014)
"Refreshingly modest and nondogmatic . . . a fresh approach . . . [the] book brims with lively anecdotes."--John Horgan, Wall Street Journal--John Horgan "Wall Street Journal "
"Sensible thinking about science and religion . . . [Thomson] seamlessly weaves together a number of important themes."--Marc Mangel, Bioscience--Marc Mangel "Bioscience "
"This fresh and insightful book unpacks the science and religion debate with special attention to Thomas Jefferson and Charles Darwin, two of the greatest thinkers who helped make the modern world. Keith Thomson's approach is generous, personal, informative, and stylish: a real treat for readers who may not have come across his work before."--Janet Browne, author of Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: Power of Place-- (01/27/2015)
"Frank, readable, and engaging. . . . Thomson has built a case for the pairing of science and religion to play a critical role in anchoring the intellectual questions of any age."--Susan Kern, author of The Jeffersons at Shadwell-- (08/26/2014)
"In this lucid account of the rise of religious doubt and how Jefferson and Darwin wrestled with it, Keith Thomson delivers an eloquent plea for more and better education in science and religion. His call for the participation of 'rational moderates' could not be more timely."--Christopher Lane, author of The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty-- (01/23/2015)
"Informative and engaging"--Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly