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Science and Salvation: Evangelical Popular Science Publishing in Victorian Britain

Aileen Fyfe


Threatened by the proliferation of cheap, mass-produced publications, the Religious Tract Society issued a series of publications on popular science during the 1840s. The books were intended to counter the developing notion that science and faith were mutually exclusive, and the Society's authors employed a full repertoire of evangelical techniques—low prices, simple language, and carefully structured narratives—to convert their readers. The application of such techniques to popular science resulted in one of the most widely available sources of information on the sciences in the Victorian era ... More

Keywords: Religious Tract Society, popular science, evangelicalism, Christian rhetoric, education, conversion, Victorian era, evangelical publishing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226276472
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226276465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aileen Fyfe, author