Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Old Science, New Problems: A Theological Analysis of John Zahm's Attempt to Bridge Evolution and Roman Catholicism
by Slattery, John P, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2017, 300; 13836369
Abstract (Summary)

In 1898, the Vatican issued a censure to John Zahm, a North American priest and scientist, for publishing the book Evolution and Dogma. While Zahm’s political connections ensured the censure was not published, he never again wrote on the matter of evolution and theology. This thesis argues that Zahm’s censure was partly predicated upon his theological and philosophical conceptions of science, especially as these stood contrary to the Neo-Scholastic philosophies of science held closely by the senior Vatican officials who issued the censure. In arguing so, the dissertation intends to exemplify the value of investigating the philosophical approach to science in historical theological discussions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ashley, J. Matthew
Commitee: Ashley, J. Matthew, Drone-Drummond, Celia, Howard, Don, Krieg, Robert
School: University of Notre Dame
Department: History and Philosophy of Science and Theology
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy of Science, Theology
Keywords: Americanism, Evolution, Index of Prohibited Books, Notre Dame, Pope Leo XIII, Zahm, John
Publication Number: 13836369
ISBN: 978-0-438-83555-9
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