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Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship? Paperback – September 6, 2012
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About the Author
Robert W. Fuller earned his Ph.D. in physics at Princeton University and taught at Columbia, where he co-authored Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics. After serving as president of Oberlin College, he became a "citizen diplomat," working toward improving international relations during the Cold War. During the 1990s, he served as board chair of the non-profit global corporation Internews and promoted democracy via free and independent media. When the Cold War ended with the collapse of the USSR, Fuller reflected on his career and realized that he had been, at different times in his life, a somebody and a nobody. His periodic sojourns into "Nobodyland" led him to identify rankism--abuse of the power inherent in rank--and ultimately to write Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank. Three years later, he published a sequel that focuses on building a "dignitarian society" titled All Rise: Somebodies, Nobodies, and the Politics of Dignity. With co-author Pamela Gerloff, he has also published Dignity for All: How to Create a World Without Rankism. His most recent books are Religion and Science: A Beautiful Friendship?, From Genome to Wenome: The Key to Universal Dignity, and The Rowan Tree: A Novel.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read, answers some of the conflicts between religion and science. Author does not try to deny science like a Ben Carson type, rather he embraces it.Published on September 20, 2014 by Gary
I found the frame of the discussion unique and interesting. The logic in the general argument has consistency and balance. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Michael A. Church
Science can explain human behavior and find links between shared resources and group happiness. But admitting error makes religion irrelevant, for why seek approval from an... Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by Doug DeHoff
I enjoyed the logical presentation even if I didn't agree with all the conclusions. Very much recommended for scientific agnostics.Published on May 22, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This author does a good job in presenting how differences does not mean enemies. I was able to examine some of my views because of his presentation. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by MarkoThomas
This book offers an interesting approach to thinking about the conversations that should happen between Religion and Science. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Jonathan
But, religion to the author is just an accumulated wisdom. Obviously he does not understand the Bible. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Kindle Customer
This is a good overview of the challenges science and religion must tackle in order to co-exist. It's not the solution I was looking for, but its definitely something worth... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Javier Diaz