New to this Edition:
Debates about science and religion are rarely out of the news. Whether it concerns what's being taught in schools, clashes between religious values and medical recommendations, or questions about how to address our changing global environment, emotions often run high and answers seem intractable. Yet there is much more to science and religion than the clash of extremes.
As Thomas Dixon and Adam Shapiro show in this balanced and thought-provoking Very Short Introduction, a whole range of views, subtle arguments, and fascinating perspectives can be found on this complex and centuries-old subject. They explore the key philosophical questions that underlie the debate, but also highlight the social, political, and ethical contexts that have made the tensions between science and religion such a fraught and interesting topic in the modern world. In this new edition, Dixon and Shapiro connect historical concepts such as evolution, the heliocentric solar system, and the problem of evil to present-day issues including the politicization of science; debates over mind, body, and identity; and the moral necessity of addressing environmental change. Ranging from medical missionaries to congregations adopting new technologies during a pandemic, from Galileo's astronomy to building the Thirty Meter Telescope, they explore how some of the most complex social issues of our day are rooted in discussions of science and religion.
1:What are science-religion debates really about?
2:Galileo and the philosophy of science
3:God and nature
4:Darwin and evolution
5:Mind and morality
6:The worlds of science and religion
References and further reading
Review from previous edition
A rich introductory text...on the study of relations of science and religion." - R. P. Whaite, Metascience
"A marvellous book that should be required reading for dogmatic fundamentalists of every persuasion." - Patricia Fara, British Journal for the History of Science
"Dixon shows great skill in composing a book which combines coherence and clarity with a strong forward momentum... The interested reader need not hesitate." - Michael Fuller, The Expository Times
"Bracing initiation" - Observer.
"The relationship between science and religion, past and present, is much more varied and more interesting than the popular caricature of conflict. Thomas Dixon gives us the richer picture, and he does it with clarity and verve. This is an ideal introduction to a fascinating subject." - Peter Lipton. University of Cambridge
"Thomas Dixon has made a delightful contribution to this OUP series of Very Short Introductions." - Church Times
ISBN : 9780198831020