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Irish Catholicism and Science: From "Godless Colleges" to the Celtic Tiger
Irish Catholicism and Science: From 'Godless Colleges' to the Celtic Tiger

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Authors: Don O'Leary
Affiliation: University College Cork
Publication Year: Hardback July 1st 2012
Pages: 360
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184974


Science and Roman Catholicism have both acted as powerful agents of change in Ireland and elsewhere. But the interaction between Catholicism and science in Ireland has received very little attention from historians to date. The purpose of this book, therefore, is to address this longstanding deficiency in Irish historical literature. There is a strong international dimension to this study. The period of interest is from the Famine to the 'Celtic Tiger'

The subject matter encompasses a diverse range of topics. Issues indigenous to Ireland include recurring controversies about university education, the relative paucity of Catholic scientists in nineteenth-century Ireland, the perception of science as a trait of a Protestant and colonial mindset, anti-Catholicism and science, the economic and political conditions in the Irish Free State which worked against the growth of science in Ireland, and the impact of science and technology on Irish Catholicism in recent decades. These subjects are interwoven with topics which extend far beyond Irish interest - such as evolutionary debates, the question of whether or not Catholicism was compatible with science, anti-modernism in the Catholic Church, Vatican pronouncements on science, the theological implications of extra-terrestrial life and of Big Bang cosmology, whether human freewill is real or not, and the importance of science in arguments about the existence of God.


Politics, Religion and Science, 1840s-1974

Faith and Evolution, 1860s-1880s

Catholicism and Science, 1890s-1903

Commissions of Enquiry, 1901-1907

Anti-Modernism, 1907-1920s

Evolution, Entropy and Electro-magnetics

From De Valera's Institute to the Big Bang, 1939-1950

Between Science and Dogma, 1950-mid-1970s

The Elusive Master Narrative, mid-1970s-2006

Science and Social Transformation

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5 of 5 Irish Catholicism and Science August 22, 2014
Reviewer: Juliana Adelman, The irish Review from Ireland  
O'Leary has written a valuable text which attempts to grapple with important debates in the history of science in Ireland. While dominated by Catholic officials, the views of lay Catholics, scientists and others are also considered. O'Leary has done future scholars a great service in presenting a general overview from which a number of questions and new projects will naturally arise. As a reader I would have preferred greater analysis and argument (which O'Leary shows he is clearly quite capable of). However, there is a need for this book and for the factual account that it offers.

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5 of 5 Irish Catholicism and Science November 7, 2013
Reviewer: Vincent M. Smiles, St John's University, Minnesota from USA  
O'Leary's book is a wonderful contribution not only to the history of modern Ireland, but also to the science-theology dialogue in general. It is a wonderfully written book that is a joy to read, and is highly recommended.

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4 of 5 Irish Catholicism and Science September 10, 2013
Reviewer: Clara Cullen, The British J History of Science from Ireland  
Don O'Leary's detailed overview of the impact of science on religious thinking in Ireland from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first is a welcome contribution to the increasing number of studies of Ireland's scientific history.

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5 of 5 In this book Don O Leary scientist and historian November 7, 2012
Reviewer: Vincent McBrierty emeritus professor of physics a from Republic of Ireland  
In this book Don O Leary  scientist and historian  explores the relationship between Irish Catholicism and science from the post famine years of the mid nineteenth century  essentially to the present. His analysis exudes the same painstaking  dispassionate and meticulous approach adopted in his two cognate publications  Vocationalism and Social Catholicism in Twentieth Century Ireland  2000  and Roman Catholicism and Modern Science: a History  2006 ...   O Leary gives a lucid and balanced account of the widely diverse views on the relationship between science and Catholic theology at a time of burgeoning new scientific insights.   Overall  Don O Leary has produced a fine book  which can be recommended as an indispensably thorough account of Irish theological thinking in a period of remarkable scientific progress in the country.

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5 of 5 The Church today rails against the media and its a September 27, 2012
Reviewer: Christopher Moriarty The Irish Catholic from Republic of Ireland  
The Church today rails against the media and its alleged policy of subverting the faithful.  And so  Don O Leary tells us in this scholarly and eminently readable work  it did back in the 1850s...totally fascinating detail  illustrated with generous space given to quotations by the main protagonists.

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