The Edge of Reason?: Science and Religion in Modern Society

ISBN-13: 978-1847062185
ISBN-10: 1847062180
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"Systems of logic and belief never split into neat oppositions between science and religion, but are mediated by cultural, philosophical, and contextual forces that shape these systems — all of them - as reasonable and natural. It is the making and mobilisation of the givens of human knowledge, rather than its perfection to grasp a preordained cosmology, that must be understood if we are to break free of the impasse that has come to prevail between Creationists and Evolutionists, as revealed in this fascinating dialogue between leading anthropologists, archaeologists, philosophers, theologians, biologists and physicists. Inter-disciplinarity at its best!"
Professor Ash Amin, Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK


Title reviewed inPublishing News, 2008.


Mention —Book News, February 2009

"It will challenge not only ideological atheists but also religious theists ... the contributors have minimized jargon and each essay has been written with the interested layperson in mind." - Reform


Title mention in Church Times.


"A bundle of interesting insights by scholars who contribute not only academic but personal experience to the discussion." - ESSAT-News (European Society for the Study of Science and Theology)


"A stimulating series of brief forays into the science-theology-atheism border lands which will send the reader off to follow up leads here and there. Highlights are the discussions of evolution in terms that go beyond the individual gene or creature (and the observation that these inter preta tions were frowned upon by Thatcherites), and of the part played by "mirror neurons" in the fledgling evolution ary history of selfhood." - Church Times

"Systems of logic and belief never split into neat oppositions between science and religion, but are mediated by cultural, philosophical, and contextual forces that shape these systems – all of them - as reasonable and natural. It is the making and mobilisation of the givens of human knowledge, rather than its perfection to grasp a preordained cosmology, that must be understood if we are to break free of the impasse that has come to prevail between Creationists and Evolutionists, as revealed in this fascinating dialogue between leading anthropologists, archaeologists, philosophers, theologians, biologists and physicists. Inter-disciplinarity at its best!"
Professor Ash Amin, Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, UK


Mention –Book News, February 2009

"A stimulating series of brief forays into the science-theology-atheism border lands which will send the reader off to follow up leads here and there. Highlights are the discussions of evolution in terms that go beyond the individual gene or creature (and the observation that these inter preta tions were frowned upon by Thatcherites), and of the part played by “mirror neurons” in the fledgling evolution ary history of selfhood." - Church Times

About the Author

Alex Bentley is Reader in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, UK.
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