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Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science

Terence Keel


The view that science and religion are necessarily in conflict has increasingly lost favor among scholars who have sought more nuanced theoretical frameworks for evaluating the configurations of these two bodies of knowledge in modern life. This book situates, for the first time, the modern study of race into scholarly debates concerning whether the conflict thesis is a viable analytic framework for assessing the relations between religion and science. Arguing that the conflict model is thoroughly inadequate, this book shows that the formation of the race concept in the minds of Western Europe ... More

Keywords: mongrel epistemology, Christianity, secularization, evolution, biology, health science, genetics, polygenism, critical race theory, scientific racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780804795401
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804795401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Keel, author
University of California, Santa Barbara