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'This volume of essays, written by experts in their fields, should become the gold standard on the subject for its comprehensive and cogent treatment.'   --Christopher Benson, First Things.

'There aren't any equations or diagrams. It's not your standard easy-going popular science. But I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to step back and take a look at the broader picture.' Tim Middleton

'Both challenging to graduates and accessible to the layman.' Religion

Book Description

This collection of essays by historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521712513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521712514
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Harrison is a former Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford and is presently Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. He was the 2011 Gifford Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and holds a Senior Research Fellowship in the Ian Ramsey Centre at Oxford.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Bruggink on November 9, 2010
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To quote the editor, Peter Harrison, "The aim of this collection has been to provide some historical perspectives, some general philosophical overviews, and coverage of some of the central topics in contemporary science and religion discourse." It is limited because of size to Western monotheistic religions, primarily Christianity. However, the authors include atheists, agnostics, scientists and professional theologians.

The first five chapters (essays) deal with the interaction of science and religion over five periods of time (roughly AD 100-1500, 1500-1700, 1700-1859, 1859-1920, and 1920-the present) and is pretty standard stuff.

The next five chapters discuss issues in religion and contemporary science. Ronald Numbers' coverage of scientific creationism and intelligent design in Chapter 6 is up-to-date and worldwide in scope. Simon Conway Morris covers the concept of convergence in evolution in chapter 7 (Evolution and the inevitability of intelligent life). Chapter 8 is an up-to-date summary of the current scientific thinking about the Big Bang by William R. Stoeger, SJ. It also briefly covers string theory, the anthropic principle, and the multiverse hypothesis. In chapter 9, Fraser Watts discusses how theology can make positive contributions to psychology and vice versa. Chapter 10 is a frank discussion by John H. Evans of the interrelationships of science, bioethics and religion during the period 1960-2009.

The final four chapters cover philosophical perspectives, starting with Michael Ruse's chapter on atheism, naturalism and science, in which he briefly discusses the views of Karl Barth, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Edward O. Wilson, Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maverick909 on August 10, 2011
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This book is to be highly recommended. All the essays are accessible to nonspecialists and all are informative. It does not replace Lindberg &Numbers' "God and Nature," but should be consulted as an update for some of the essays.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cron on March 5, 2013
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very... sympathetic towards religion. Presented many refutable arguments for the compatibility of science and religion. somewhat frustrating, but I bought it for a class anyway. I'll keep it on my bookshelf.
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