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Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction Paperback – August 1, 2002
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Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
An essential purchase for any library that does not have the larger volume.(Library Journal)
This work is both accessible and authoritative. Editors have taken pains to make sure the writing is consistently approachable and the scholarly depth of the individual contributors in certainly more than adequate to label this volume authoritative.(Research News and Opportunities in Science and Technology)
Ferngren is to be commended for conveying the vitality and influence of science and religion through this series of excellent contributions from leading authors in the field.(Fraser F. Fleming Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith)
Ferngren offers us a selection of essays by leading specialists on the most important issues in the history of science and religion. I know of no other book that so gracefully introduces the reader to this burgeoning field.(Ann Blair, Harvard University)
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Overall, it is well written, easy to follow, and insightful. It covers many of the important issues and more. Scholars in this field will find the wide variety of topics infromative. It is also a good reference book. I repeatedly use the chapter on Galileo Galilei in one of my college classes. The students enjoy reading it and always learn something new.
Highly recommended for those interested in history, science & religion.
The articles are fairly short, 3-5 pages. Yet each article is packed with references if you're really interested. What i enjoyed was learning the names of the many philosophers and scientists in this field. I'm interested in science (trained as one at University), and I spend too much time thinking about religion. I guess i'm not the only one.
It's a perfect overview.
Most of the scholars who have contributed to this anthology adopt a Complexity Thesis to account for the historical relation between science and religion - as opposed to a Warfare model or other military metaphors which were popular in late Victorian anti-clerical literature.
It's refreshing reading for anyone whose understanding of science and religion has been influenced by, say, Prometheus Press.
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Outstanding book! Seems very reasonable and seems fairly even handed.Published 16 months ago by J. Ganim
A good review of the ancient and ongoing conflicts between science and religion, from Aristotle to postmodernism as it has occurred in western civilization. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by D. Ashbaugh