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Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? Paperback – April 1, 2003
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"...reader-friendly...provide[s] diversified views on topics of much interest today." -- Albuquerque Journal, June 29, 2003
"...this collection is timely, and welcome." -- Skeptical Inquirer, March/April 2004
"An enjoyable buffet for interested readers. . . Recommended." -- Choice, November 2003
"Every possible argument about this question seems to be here...stimulating and possibly subversive to some." -- New Scientist
"This is strong stuff...An important counterweight to the accommodationism that has dominated recent discourse." -- Times Literary Supplement, August 1, 2003
"will appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in the roles of science and religion in the modern world." -- Freethinker (UK)
" provides a wide ranging overview of a complex and challenging topic of interest to many." -- Australian Humanist, Summer 2003
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At issue is whether religion and science have anything to say to each other and what happens when they tread on each other's turf. It has been argued that science has no business intruding into the realm of religion. But the nature of "science" is poorly understood by many people. It is not a body of knowledge, but rather a means of acquiring knowledge. Some religious claims cannot be be addressed by science because no means are available to investigate them. But on those issues where a means does exist, science has consistently forced religion to retreat and revise itself.
This book should be required reading by any school granting degrees in science, and it should be placed in every high school library.
But dogmatic religion is one thing. The belief that the universe was intelligently designed, but not necessarily by the god of religion, is something else. Arguments for Intelligent Design are presented by believers, and rebutted by scientists.
Why is belief in religion so much higher among the less educated, and so much lower among natural scientists? More than one author offers a credible answer.
Other books have considered the question of whether science and religion are compatible, but never so effectively. While "Science and Religion" will not cure incurables, it will give the pragmatically religious something to think about. Buy it or borrow it, but read it.
The minority opinion among the authors, most famously expressed in Stephen Jay Gould's essay (pp. 191-203) defending his NOMA (nonoverlapping magisteria) thesis, is that science and religion aren't incompatible because they ask separate questions, science dealing with facts and religion with values. Paul Kurtz argues (pp. 351-59) for a different kind of compatibility, one that recognizes that religious language is aesthetic but wholly mythical, and thus offers no serious challenge to religion. But most of the authors collected here tend to agree to one degree or another with Jacob Pandian's ("The Dangerous Quest for Cooperation between Science and Religion") suggestion that academic departments of religion be renamed "departments of superstition (p. 171), or Steven Weinberg's ("A Designer Universe?") claim that he's "all in favor of a dialogue between science and religion, but not a constructive dialogue. One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment" (p. 40).Read more ›
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