Science and Religion in Neo-Victorian Novels

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN-13 : 1134088272

Page : 262 pages

Rating : 4.5/5 from 272 voters

Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has expanded rapidly in the last fifteen years but given little attention to the engagement between science and religion. Of great interest to Victorians, this subject often appears in neo-Victorian novels including those by such well-known authors as John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Graham Swift, and Mathew Kneale. This book discusses novels in which nineteenth-century science, including geology, paleontology, and evolutionary theory, interacts with religion through accommodations, conflicts, and crises of faith. In general, these texts abandon conventional religion but retain the ethical connectedness and celebration of life associated with spirituality at its best. Registering the growth of nineteenth-century secularism and drawing on aspects of the romantic tradition and ecological thinking, they honor the natural world without imagining that it exists for humans or functions in reference to human values. In particular, they enact a form of wonderment: the capacity of the mind to make sense of, creatively adapt, and enjoy the world out of which it has evolved — in short, to endow it with meaning. Protagonists who come to experience reality in this expansive way release themselves from self-anxiety and alienation. In this book, Glendening shows how, by intermixing past and present, fact and fiction, neo-Victorian narratives, with a few instructive exceptions, manifest this pattern.

More Books:

Science and Religion in Neo-Victorian Novels
Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: John Glendening
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-17 - Publisher: Routledge

Criticism about the neo-Victorian novel — a genre of historical fiction that re-imagines aspects of the Victorian world from present-day perspectives — has
Latin American Perspectives on Science and Religion
Language: en
Pages: 208
Authors: Ignacio Silva
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-10-06 - Publisher: Routledge

Latin America plays an increasingly important role in the development of modern Christianity yet it has been underrepresented in current scholarship on religion
The Cognitive Science of Religion
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: James A. Van Slyke
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-03-23 - Publisher: Routledge

The cognitive science of religion is a relatively new academic field in the study of the origins and causes of religious belief and behaviour. The focal point o
Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion
Language: en
Pages: 309
Authors: International Association for the History of Religions. Congress
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Peeters Publishers

This volume is based upon papers read during the innovative section "Western Esotericism and the Science of Religion" organized at the 17th International Congre
The Relations of Science and Religion: The Morse Lecture, 1880
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Henry Calderwood
Categories:
Type: BOOK - Published: 1881 - Publisher: Library of Alexandria

Religion and the Natural Sciences
Language: en
Pages: 432
Authors: James E. Huchingson
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-02-07 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

The first half of 'Religion and the Natural Sciences' is an introduction to the discussion of science and religion. Here the reader learns why there is any deba
Science and Religion, 1450–1900
Language: en
Pages: 292
Authors: Richard G. Olson
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-03-10 - Publisher: JHU Press

Galileo. Newton. Darwin. These giants are remembered for their great contributions to science. Often forgotten, however, is the profound influence that Christia
The Big Questions in Science and Religion
Language: en
Pages: 281
Authors: Keith Ward
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-05-01 - Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press

Explores ten questions that consider if religious beliefs can survive in the scientific age.
Science & Religion
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Alister E. McGrath
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-01-31 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

The leading introductory textbook on the study of religion and the natural sciences, including new coverage of the latest topics in the field Science and Religi
Religion Vs. Science
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Elaine Howard Ecklund
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

At the end of a five-year journey to find out what religious Americans think about science, Ecklund and Scheitle emerge with the real story of the relationship