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Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship? Paperback – September 6, 2012

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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479229024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479229024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,502,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Fuller's book calls for a wedding between science and religion, echoing over the centuries the work of the great scientist-theologian, Blaise Pascal.

Scientists pride themselves on their logical approach, the rest of us on non-logical intuition. Pascal (1660) noted that the first approach is based on what he called geometrie (which might be translated as system), the second, on what he called finesse, that is, intuition. He also noted that one can be an ordinary scientist using only system, or a non-scientist, using only intuition. But he went on to say that to make real advances, one must use both.
Fuller's proposal for settling the dispute between science and religion is brilliant and desperately important for opening up this problem not only to politicians, but to the public at large.
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For some years I've been a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) in Berkeley, CA. The purpose of CTNS is to promote the creative interaction between theology and the natural sciences. I have attended dozens of lectures and read dozens of books and papers on this topic.

I would say that Fuller's book is one of the best bringing together religion and science. He is a scientist, and sees the scientific process as the means to truth. But he also sees a place for religion and spirituality: it is not an either/or situation. Fuller emphasizes that science has much to learn from religion, and religion needs to build on science. Fuller clarifies these concepts, that have clashed for centuries, masterfully, and in a readable form that is not overly technical.

Especially now, when science is clashing with some politically over such matters as climate change, creationism, and stem cell research, I highly recommend Fuller's book to those who need to understand how science and religion MUST come together.
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Perhaps I was hoping for something more than what is even possible? Overall, I enjoyed the book, and would certainly recommend it as a worthwhile read as a free Kindle download. But, after what I thought was a strong beginning, the remainder of the book seemed repetitive and focused on the "universal dignity" message. While not a bad message, and interesting to think about as a natural long-term evolutionary outcome, it was not what I was expecting based on the title. I was hoping for a stronger story about how religion and science cannot only peacefully co-exist but also support and strengthen each other. While providing some interesting food for thought on this topic, overall I was left disappointed and feeling like a much stronger and compelling story could and should be told. To be fair, the author would likely think the same of this review!
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I was raised a Catholic, but I left the Church as a teenager because I saw it as anti-science and obsolete. This book identified some valuable aspects of religious teachings and helped me reconcile them with my scientific education. I especially like the use of quotes throughout the book. Very even-handed and thoughtful.
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Finally, a book that tackles one of the most contentious, important and least examined issues our modern society faces--the supposed conflict between religion and science. Fuller shows there is no inherent contradiction between them, an assertion that goes against the way most people frame the question. As someone who is an ardent supporter of the scientific method and who often sees organized religion as the source of many of the irrational movements in the world (fundamentalist terrorists, climate change deniers, etc.), but who seeks the deeper truths that science is yet unable to reveal, I find Fuller's book a revelation. In a masterfully cogent analysis, Fuller overcomes the dichotomies in the debate and shows how science and religion can both enhance the other's understanding of the world. The clash of ideologies can be overcome by deconstructing the ideological assumptions that can underlie either approach. In a world of astonishing discoveries by science and technological changes the need for the values espoused by religion have never been more important. Fusing their insights can produce a clearer understanding of our world and our place in it. Fuller's book, as concise, cogent and well written, as any I've read on the subject is nothing short of a masterpiece that has the potential to radically shift the way we approach this terribly important subject. Bravo!
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"Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?" takes a thoughtful look at the common origins, and common goals, of religion and science. It reveals how religion and science do not necessarily conflict, and in fact could form a useful partnership to shepherd human civilization into a peaceful and prosperous future. The author links the seeking impulses of both religion and science to the ideas of universal dignity and the human spirit.
This book contains a concise argument, and many of the ideas would benefit from further development. However, deeper research belongs in an academic tome, and this book is for average readers looking for where to plant their stakes in an age-old debate about the compatibility of religion and science. Thoughtful, open-minded, and broadly spiritual readers, who are not locked into a particular fundamentalist position, will enjoy this book.
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