Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Buy New
  • List Price: $24.00
  • Save: $8.69 (36%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
A Science and Religion Pr... has been added to your Cart
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $2.34
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A Science and Religion Primer Paperback – March 1, 2009

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$10.73 $9.90

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
$15.31 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • A Science and Religion Primer
  • +
  • The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy (Turning Point Christian Worldview Series)
Total price: $28.81
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

The relationship between science and religion (SR) has often been portrayed as combative. However, the interface of the two disciplines is complex and nuanced, and they have much to learn from one another. A Science and Religion Primer welcomes readers to the SR dialogue. This helpful introductory work is simultaneously an encyclopedia, an annotated bibliography, and a survey. The book's stalwart advisory board consists of

Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Chester
Nancey Murphy, Fuller Theological Seminary
George F. R. Ellis, University of Cape Town
Peter Harrison, University of Oxford
Holmes Rolston III, Colorado State University
Craig A. Boyd, Azusa Pacific University

Four substantive introductory essays set the book's background. The second, and primary, section of the book provides an A-Z listing of almost 100 entries dealing with a variety of philosophical, historical, scientific, and theological concepts, individuals, or events related to the SR dialogue.

A Science and Religion Primer promotes a respectful, intelligent conversation between science and faith. It is an indispensable source in its own right and a springboard for more in-depth research.

"Heidi Campbell and Heather Looy have put together an excellent collection of essays on the relationship between science and religion, nicely mirroring the current reach of science and religion scholarship. Most of the articles are apt. Many are outstanding. This volume will serve as a very handy reference guide for both scholars and laypersons."--David C. Lindberg, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"This new book by Campbell and Looy provides an excellent point of entry into the burgeoning international dialogue on science and religion. The introductory essays are from leaders in the field and will give newcomers a clear sense of the background issues that shape the current discussion."--F. LeRon Shults, professor of theology, University of Agder Institute for Religion, Philosophy, and History

About the Author

Heidi A. Campbell (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She is the author of Exploring Religious Community Online and has written numerous articles and encyclopedia entries. Heather Looy (PhD, McMaster University) is professor of psychology at The King's University College in Alberta, Canada. She specializes in biopsychology and is an active researcher and writer. Both Campbell and Looy participated in the Sir John Templeton Oxford Seminars in Science and Christianity.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801031508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801031502
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Heidi Campbell is Assistant Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University where she teaches in the areas of New Media, Popular Culture and Religion. She has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Computer-Mediated Communication & Practical Theology. Since 1997 she has studied religion online and the influence of new media on religious communities. Her work has appeared in New Media and Society, Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Contemporary Religion and the book Religion Online (Dawson & Cowan, Routledge 2004). She is author of Exploring Religious Community Online (Peter Lang, 2005), co-editor of A Science and Religion Primer (Baker Academic, 2009) and When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge 2010) on how Jewish, Muslim & Christian communities negotiate their use of new media. She has been quoted as an expert on religion and the internet in numerous outlets including the Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, PBS's Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Australian ABC Radio and on the BBC Radio World Service.

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a "science and religion primer," this book aims to provide terminological definitions and introductory conceptual background for people who are interested in the interaction between science and religion. The book generally fulfills this aim, though the title is a bit misleading because "religion" here really means a fairly generic version of Christianity, with very little attention given to other religions.

Since this publisher is new to me, I did a little digging and found that "Baker Academic serves the academy and the church by publishing works that further the pursuit of knowledge and understanding within the context of Christian faith." This alerted me to the possibility of the book having a pro-Christian bias which would compromise its usefulness, so I was on the lookout for that, but I was pleased to find that the book is reasonably fair and objective. In fact, after reading the book cover to cover, it becomes apparent that there's quite a bit of controversy and confusion within Christianity itself, which thus weakens the Christian position. Another main conclusion is that the interaction between science and religion is a fertile territory to explore the big questions, and no form of dogmatism (scientism, religious fundamentalism, etc.) is appropriate here.

In terms of the format, the book consists of a short introduction, four short general essays on the science/religion interaction, and then the bulk of the book is ~90 entries dealing with topics such as altruism, Francis Bacon, causation, Charles Darwin, ecofeminism, fideism, Galileo, handmaiden metaphor, idealism, kenosis, laws of nature, materialism, naturalism, ontology, William Paley, quantum theory, realism, science, technology, and the verification principle.
Read more ›
Comment 12 of 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Science-Religion Dialog is an increasingly popular topic today. It is not the shrill denunciation of everything religious that Richard Dawkins enunciates in The God Delusion, or the pathetic nonsense of biblical literalism, but rather the intellectually-defensible view that religion and science each have something to offer, but in different domains. Science deals with observable facts and their theoretical interpretation, while religion examines meaning and moral value. Stephen Jay Gould even went so far as to formulate the doctrine of Non-Overlapping Magisteria (from the Latin for teacher) to emphasize the separation. Alain de Botton (Religion for Atheists) points out that many of the ideas and values of religion (education, community, ethics, art) import into the secular world independently of any commitment to a divine presence.
That said, science and religion in the contemporary era have much to offer each other. Cosmology has many definite findings (as well as some highly speculative ideas) about our universe: its finite age, for example. Readers with an interest in this dialog will find the A Science and Religion Primer a handy reference for identifying topics of scholarly debate and outlining the history of the rationalist analysis of ideas which originated in revealed religion.
1 Comment 1 of 1 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A well written introduction to the issues involved in the dialogue between science and faith.Makes a good text for small group discussion.
Comment 2 of 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Recieved the book VERY promptly. It's in great condition and was very well priced! Will definitely buy from you guys again :]
Comment 1 of 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
A Science and Religion Primer
This item: A Science and Religion Primer
Price: $15.31
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com