By J.M. Cohen

Given the strong and forthright identify of Andrew Dickson White's vintage learn, you need to clarify his personal experience of the total as given within the unique 1896 version: "My conviction is that technological know-how, even though it has obviously conquered dogmatic theology in line with biblical texts and historic modes of suggestion, will move hand in hand with faith, and that even though theological regulate will proceed to decrease, faith as visible within the acceptance of a 'power within the universe, now not ourselves, which makes for righteousness' and within the love of God and of our neighbor, will progressively develop enhanced and more suitable, not just within the American associations of studying, yet on the planet at large." White started to gather his magnum opus, a quantity paintings first released in 1896 as A heritage of the conflict of technological know-how with Theology in Christendom. In correspondence he wrote that he meant the paintings to stake out a place among such non secular orthodoxy as John Henry Newman's on one facet and such secular scoffing as Robert Ingersoll's at the different. Historian Paul Carter declared that this booklet did up to the other released paintings "toward routing orthodoxy within the identify of science." Insofar as technological know-how and faith got here to be extensively seen as enemies, with technological know-how conserving the ethical excessive flooring, White inadvertently, turned probably the most powerful and influential advocates for unbelief.

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