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Science and SalvationEvangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain$
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Aileen Fyfe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276472

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.001.0001

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The Threat of Popular Science

The Threat of Popular Science

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(p.16) I The Threat of Popular Science
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Science and Salvation
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.003.0002

Cheap print gave more people access to instructive, educational, and religious publications, yet concerns about its dangers were expressed by commentators across the political and religious spectrum. Evangelicals were certainly not the only people to be worried, but they were vocal about their concerns and, more importantly for the story, were particularly active in their attempts to do something about it. All sorts of publications, from fiction to history, could be regarded as problematic, but the sciences were a particular concern. Popular publishing therefore offers a unique opportunity to examine the involvement of evangelicals in the sciences. Their commitment to intervention meant that they were not merely commenting on the sciences from an intellectual position, but were actively engaged in creating an evangelical framework for the sciences.

Keywords:   popular science, religious publications, evangelicals, science publications, popular publishing, evangelical framework

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