Summary of “A Prescription for Awe”

In 1832, Buckland rounded off the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Oxford by entertaining his audience with another novel interpretation of an extinct monster: the Megatherium, or giant sloth.
In his 1836 “Bridgewater Treatise,” Geology and Mineralogy Considered with Reference to Natural Theology, Buckland expounded at length on the ways in which divine oversight had prepared the earth as a suitable environment for humankind-right down to the geographical disposition of coal, iron ore, and limestone in the British Isles in ways suited to the needs of English capitalists.
Buckland’s efforts to advance science at Oxford proved to be no match for the conservative opposition.
In 1847, Buckland turned down an invitation to add his name to a list of supporters for a new Museum of Natural History at Oxford-a project he had once lobbied for enthusiastically, seeing the museum as a natural home for his ever-growing collections.
“Some years ago,” he replied to the invitation, “I was sanguine, as you are now, as to the possibility of Natural History making some progress at Oxford, but I have long come to the conclusion that it is utterly hopeless.”9 Buckland died in Islip in 1856, having taken no further part in his colleagues’ efforts to create the new museum.
Buckland’s once-longed-for Museum of Natural History was eventually built-the cornerstone was laid in 1855-and was nearing completion in the summer of 1860, when the British Association for the Advancement of Science was due, once again, to visit Oxford.
The advocates who took up the museum’s cause after Buckland stepped away prevailed only by doggedly reiterating his original argument-that the scientific study of nature was not merely compatible with, but genuinely supportive of, true religion.
Buckland would have been appalled by the pretensions of contemporary young “Earth Creationists” like Kentucky Creation Museum Founder Ken Ham, who claim that the history of life on earth can simply be read out of scripture with no regard for the findings of science.

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