Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Storm of Words: Science, Religion, and Evolution in the Civil War Era

Storm of Words: Science, Religion, and Evolution in the Civil War Era (Hardback)

£62.50
To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock

Synopsis

Storm of Words is a study of the ways that southern Presbyterians in the wake of the Civil War contended with a host of cultural and theological questions, chief among them developments in natural history and evolution.Southern Presbyterian theologians enjoyed a prominent position in antebellum southern culture. Respected for both their erudition and elite constituency, these theologians identified the southern society as representing a divine, Biblically ordained order. Beginning in the 1840s, however, this facile identification became more difficult to maintain, colliding first with antislavery polemics, then with Confederate defeat and reconstruction, and later with women's rights, philosophical empiricism, literary criticisms of the Bible, and that most salient symbol of modernity, natural science.As Monte Harrell Hampton shows in Storm of Words, modern science seemed most explicitly to express the rationalistic spirit of the age and threaten the Protestant conviction that science was the faithful "hand-maid" of theology. Southern Presbyterians disposed of some of these threats with ease. Contemporary geology, however, posed thornier problems.

Ambivalence over how to respond to geology led to the establishment in 1859 of the Perkins Professorship of Natural Science in Connexion with Revealed Religion at the seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Installing scientist-theologian James Woodrow in this position, southern Presbyterians expected him to defend their positions. Within twenty-five years, however, their anointed expert held that evolution did not contradict scripture. Indeed, he declared that it was in fact God's method of creating. The resulting debate was the first extended evolution controversy in American history. It drove a wedge between those tolerant of new exegetical and scientific developments and the majority who opposed such openness. Hampton argues that Woodrow believed he was shoring up the alliance between science and scripture - that a circumscribed form of evolution did no violence to scriptural infallibility. The traditionalists' view, however, remained interwoven with their identity as defenders of the Lost Cause and guardians of southern culture.The ensuing debate triggered Woodrow's dismissal.

It also capped a modernity crisis experienced by an influential group of southern intellectuals who were grappling with the nature of knowledge, both scientific and religious, and its relationship to culture - a culture attempting to define itself in the shadow of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryAmerican Civil WarPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalHistory of religionScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesEvolutionScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of science Publisher: The University of Alabama Press Publication Date: 30/07/2014 ISBN-13: 9780817318314  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.  

Monte Harrell Hampton is visiting instructor of US history at North Carolina State University and a pastor in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

More books by Monte Harrell Hampton

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Second Class Available free for ALL orders. No charge for each additional book. 3-7 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

A Foot in the River: Why Our Lives...
(Paperback)
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
 
 
£12.99
 
The Wasp That Brainwashed the...
(Paperback)
Matt Simon
 
 
£9.99
 
Dinner with Darwin: Food, Drink, and...
(Hardback)
Jonathan Silvertown
 
 
£20.50
 
Origins: The Scientific Story of...
(Paperback)
Jim Baggott
 
 
£16.99
 
Latest Blog
#FoylesFave: Dr Seuss
25/09/2017

Matt from our Web Team is very silly. Maybe this explains his love for Dr Seuss, especially this new glow in the dark edition of What Was I Scared Of?

Read an Extract from A Skinful of Shadows
21/09/2017

Read an extract from the eagerly awaited new novel by the Costa-winning Frances Hardinge, A Skinful of Shadows.

#FoylesFive: Elsewhere-Elsewhen
18/09/2017

Jen from the Web Team shares a selection of books that will transport the reader to another time and place.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd