The Scriptural Geologists: An Episode in the History of Opinion

  title={The Scriptural Geologists: An Episode in the History of Opinion},
  author={M. Millhauser},
  pages={65 - 86}
In a recent work entitled Genesis and Geology, C. C. GILLISPIE has traced the story of British geological thought in its relations with religion. It is the purpose of the present paper to follow one phase of that story which Dr. GILLISPIE has merely glanced at in passing, as incidental to his principal theme: I mean its popular side, the part that belongs to the history of opinion rather than the history of ideas. Dr. GILLISPIE, referring the curious reader to ANDREW WHITE'S Warfare of Science… Expand
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