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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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Christian Knowledge

Christian Knowledge

(p.60) II Christian Knowledge
Science and Salvation
University of Chicago Press

Knowledge was a topic of much debate in the 1840s, particularly in the sciences. Claims to expertise were grounded in claims about knowledge, and although the gentlemen of science who ran the British Association for the Advancement of Science liked to think that they had the right to decide such matters, their claims were still contested by some writers of popular science, as well as by biblical literalists. The British Association created the concept of a unified field of knowledge called “science,” even if William Whewell's neologism for its practitioners (“scientists”) was slow to catch on, but the association also carved up that field into sections. Issues about what counted as knowledge and how it should be classified also had practical consequences for the editors and publishers who wished to present knowledge to the masses.

Keywords:   expertise, knowledge, popular science, biblical literalists, neologism, publishers, science publishing, British Association for the Advancement of Science

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