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Torn Between Two Worlds: Science and Religion

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  10 reviews
One of the fundamental laws of physics is that a force is met with an equal and opposite force. Since Galileo rescued science from religion, science has done battle with religion: knowledge vs belief. I would go as far as to say that science has violated one of its most basic laws, and as a result, helped to create an equal and opposite force in this world. When we look at ...more
Kindle Edition, 69 pages
Published September 20th 2017 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
First, I would like to thank Shawn Murphy for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“When I write about science in this book, I am referring to a modern scientific stance that is not in harmony with the founders of science. It is a selective belief in the scientific method, an attitude that distrusts religion and is void of spirituality.”

In the first book of the Torn Between Two Worlds trilogy, Murphy argues that science and religion must come together to answer
Dan Thomas
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I may have over estimated my education.

I couldn't quite keep up with what the author was trying to say. Which made for a hard read. It left me feeling a little dumb. Like I wasn't smart enough to keep up. Which is maybe the case. It wasn't entertaining enough for me.

I want to thank the author for letting me read this book for free for an honest review. I'm sorry that I couldn't give a higher rating.
Adrian Rose
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
This is a very interesting book about the strife between two things that influence many people on a daily basis: science and religion. The author is a student of philosophy as well as holding a degree in engineering, so he has a very good background to discuss both. He takes the reader back to when the philosopher Socrates was teaching his students, and then follows events forward in time to the present day, showing how the schism between religion and science occurred. While Socrates taught that ...more
Lauren Reads
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Shawn Murphy for a copy of this book and for the chance to give the book an honest review.

This short book caught my interest because if I’m honest it’s an age-old argument in my family so getting a fresh insight into a different point of view on science and religion.

I found it a relatively easy book to read and found it pretty well researched and referenced. There wasn’t really anything that I personally found offensive or too different from what I believe or had an underst
Donna Frances
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This short book highly interested me personally hence the 5 stars. I have struggled with the logic of science vs the highly illogic representation of religion. Each person is entitled to their own view. I grew up around religion although I wasn't battered over the head with it.
Science needs to be more open to the unexplained, one certainty I have come to believe is that we need mathematics to understand the universe.
As the author states one must study the physical sciences to understand the nat
Blue Librarian
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was never a religious person because from an early age the words of the priests sounded phony to me. Science made more sense. Philosophy made more sense. I like logic in things and this makes me a doubter.
Shawn Murphy is a scientist with an interest in religion and philosophy and an extensive knowledge in these fields.
In 'Torn between two worlds - science and religion', he shows us, in short words, how religion evolved to match the interests of the rulers.
It is a known fact that religion is th
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
"Torn Between Two Worlds: Science and Religion" explores the idea that religion and science are compatible. Shawn Murphy draws from the works of Socrates, Plato, and Origen, to come to the conclusion that these two seemingly irreconcilable fields don't make sense unless they are understood together. He also outlines the historical influences that have led to the separation of the once conjoint subjects.
What sets this book apart is its short length and layman's vocabulary, which positions it as a
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always believed that faith and science were separated only by organized religion. One of the lovely things this book does is show the shortcomings of science, dogma, and so-called reason. Answers to the Big Three (Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going?) require desire, readiness, and humility on the part of the questioner. Because the author is willing to question both science AND religion, he carries far more credibility than the usual one sided attacks levied by the ...more
Jenny Powell
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really accessible entry in this 3 volume philosophy work. It's interesting to follow Shawn T. Murphy on this personal quest for knowledge. I was introduced to the Baha'i religion through this book. I look forward to exploring Baha'i. Excellent series of books, especially good poolside reading in the Kindle format. ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
First I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.
The book tells about the brief accounts of a few historical figures through different time periods. This book was really hard for me to read because of the way it's written it feels more like a text book or a reference book, maybe that is how author intended to write it and it's solely my opinion. This book might be useful for those people who are interested to read about the people mentioned in the b
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