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200 Years of Accommodation

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Science  02 Sep 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5740, pp. 1493-1494
DOI: 10.1126/science.1116362

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Before Darwin. Reconciling God and Nature. Keith Thomson. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2005. 328 pp. $27. ISBN 0-300-10793-5.

The Watch on the Heath. Science and Religion Before Darwin. HarperCollins, London, 2005. £20. ISBN 0-00-713313-8.

The author explores aspects and effects of the clash between the developing scientific study of Earth and beliefs based on literal readings of the Bible in England from the 1650s through to 1860.