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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781859184974
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Release Date: Jul 17, 2012
  • Pages: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.75 inches


Science and Roman Catholicism have both acted as powerful agents of change in Ireland and elsewhere. This interaction, however, has received very little attention from historians. Here, Don O’Leary addresses this deficiency, covering the periods 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 interweaved 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.

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