This new article [PDF] in the Notes and Records of the Royal Society will interest those who enjoy looking at the history of the famous “Oxford debate” between Thomas Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce:
A Yankee at Oxford: John William Draper at the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Oxford, 30 June 1860
James C. Ungureanu
Abstract This paper contributes to the revisionist historiography on the legendary encounter between Samuel Wilberforce and Thomas Henry Huxley at the 1860 meeting in Oxford of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. It discusses the contents of a series of letters written by John William Draper and his family reflecting on his experience at that meeting. The letters have recently been rediscovered and have been neither published nor examined at full length. After a preliminary discussion on the historiography of the Oxford debate, the paper discloses the contents of the letters and then assesses them in the light of other contemporary accounts. The letters offer a nuanced reinterpretation of the event that supports the growing move towards a revisionist account.
It’s difficult to get rid of the old myth
Reblogged this on Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin and commented:
Another look at the classic myth of science vs religion in Huxley vs Wilberforce.
Yet it is a persistent myth