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Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?

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In recent years a noticeable trend toward harmonizing the distinct worldviews of science and religion has become increasingly popular. Despite marked public interest, many leading scientists remain skeptical that there is much common ground between scientific knowledge and religious belief. Indeed, they are often antagonistic. Can an accommodation be reached after centurie ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Prometheus Books
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Todd Martin
Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? is a collection of essays from a number of viewpoints on the science / religion debate. The book is divided into seven sections and includes articles by prominent scientists such Steven Weinberg, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Feynman and Steven Pinker to name a few.

While the bulk of the essays tend towards the scientific/materialistic outlook, opposing viewpoints are also presented. Both sides offer well thought-out arguments, the bulk
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James F
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a collection of about forty articles, most of which were talks presented at a conference with the same title as the book, held in Atlanta in November 2001 under the sponsorship of the Center for Inquiry, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), which publishes The Skeptical Inquirer, and the Council for Secular Humanism, which publishes Free Inquiry. These were supplemented by other articles which appeared in one or the other of those two magaz ...more
David Harris
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stopped-reading
This book contains sections on cosmology and God, intelligent design, religion and science in conflict, science and ethics, the scientific investigation of para-natural claims, scientific explanations of religious belief, and accommodating science and religion. The section that particularly interested me was the one on science and ethics.

Steven J Gould's essay on non-overlapping magisteria didn't really have anything to say about ethics at all. Richard Dawkins' response pointed that out, but the
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Leanna Aker
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short essays from scientists with an interest in the intersection (or lack thereof) of science and religion. What I liked about the book is that there were a number of different topics, and the essays were short enough that one could get a broad sense of thoughts on science and religion, but not get bogged down in too much academia.

Having said that.... the essays ranged from very approachable and understandable to painfully academic in nature. Also, this book *is* heavily
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Tiffany
Jul 01, 2007 rated it liked it
Most of the essays in this book are interesting, but a higher percentage than I would like is more about "science vs. religion" and *whether* they're compatible, and not so much how they are or are not compatible. It's a lot of people talking about the "current" (late 1990s/early 2000s) controversy of religion vs. science rather than actually how science dis/proves religious claims or how religions contend with scientific findings.

Even those essays are interesting, though, and there are definit
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Sally
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
A collection of essays, most of which first appeared in "Skeptical Inquirer" or were talks at a 2001 conference on the title theme. While different views are represented, the bulk of the authors argue that science and religion are not compatible. Most of the essays are well written and thought provoking; I found it a worthwhile read.
T.
Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
A nice collection of well-written essays that takes on issues like the Shroud of Turin, afterlife experiences, Intelligent Design, cosmic anthropic principle, and why science explains life and the universe better than theology. Most essays are pro-science, but they give info on contrary views. Highly recommended. Tom.
Adam Lewis
Pulls together some rather good essays by leading thinkers on these issues.
Nik Bramblett
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
I couldn't get into this. It was really one-sided. All the essays I saw basically scoffed at the idea of finding any compatibility at all, which was not what I was interested in.
Barbara
Jan 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Thought provoking. Intellectual and academic.
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As a compilation of essays from a variety of viewpoints in the relationship and roles of science and religion, this is a rather good read, and worthy of rereading -- several times over at that.
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