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Science and Religion A Historical Introduction Written by distinguished historians of science and religion the thirty essays in this volume survey the relationship of Western religious traditions to science from the beginning of the Christian era to the late twentieth century This wide ranging collection also introduces a variety of approaches to understanding their intersection suggesting a model not of inalterable conflict but of complex interactionTracing the rise of science from its birth in the medieval West through the scientific revolution the contributors describe major shifts that were marked by discoveries such as those of Copernicus Galileo and Isaac Newton and the Catholic and Protestant reactions to them They assess changes in scientific understanding brought about by eighteenth and nineteenth century transformations in geology cosmology and biology together with the responses of both mainstream religious groups and such newer movements as evangelicalism and fundamentalism The book also treats the theological implications of contemporary science and evaluates recent approaches such as environmentalism gender studies social construction and postmodernism which are at the center of current debates in the historiography understanding and application of scienceContributors Colin A Russell David B Wilson Edward Grant David C Lindberg Alnoor Dhanani Owen Gingerich Richard J Blackwell Edward B Davis Michael P Winship John Henry Margaret J Osler Richard S Westfall John Hedley Brooke Nicolaas A Rupke Peter M Hess James Moore Peter J Bowler Ronald L Numbers Steven J Harris Mark A Noll Edward J Larson Richard Olson Craig Sean McConnell Robin Collins William A Dembski David N Livingstone Sara Miles and Stephen P Weldon For my first time teaching a course on religion and science I perused several introductory texts and settled on this one to assign for historical background It is not an enjoyable read—most of the articles were written for an encyclopedia and are thus meant for a academic audience My freshmen weathered the articles and perhaps picked up some info here and there I described it as our “meat and potatoes” in a course mostly full of deserts However the collection is better for professors like me hoping to catch up in a new area of study The text takes issue with the “conflict” theory of religion and science and admirably shows how religious institutions have been engines for scientific inuiry than a hindrance While there are chapters on gender and postmodernism the glaring deficiency is that the rest of the text besides a short chapter on Islam are all Western sources I’d love to see an introductory text with pictures narrative and geographic diversity I read this anthology of introductory essays in conjunction with John Hedley Brooke's Science and Religion Some Historical Perspectives and the comparison between the two is interesting Brooke's book which replaces conflict and convergence models of the science religion relationship with a complexity thesis is certainly the important contribution academically But as my GR review indicated it freuently bogs down a bit in detail and will scare off all but truly dedicated readers In contrast Ferngren's anthology which includes essays by major scholars including David Lindberg Owen Gingrich Richard Westfal Ronald Numbers and Brooke himself is reasonably accessible For the most part its approach is based on Brooke's; you won't find many grand pronouncements and all of the writers are aware of the dangers of generalization It's divided into seven sections the first five chronological the last two addressing themes that cross eras and contemporary issues The contemporary issues chapters on Gender the Social Construction of Science and Postmodernism haven't aged well since 2002 Readers who don't know the turf are probably better off skipping them The chronological chapters address intellectual issues such as Natural Theology Mechanical Philosophy and evolutionism as well focusing on major figures Aristotle Galileo Newton Darwin Almost all of the chapters are solid some of them very good But the anthology doesn't read particularly well as an overview There's a huge amount of repetition a side effect probably inevitable of the editorial decision to make each chapter stand alone Reading them with Brooke fresh in mind also makes it clear when complexities are elided again an inevitable by product of the format The best use for Ferngren's book is probably as a uick reference for those familiar with the issues or as a source of brief introductions to particular topics for students just entering the field OK before you read When Science Meets Religion Enemies Strangers or Partners? you need to read this one to get a historical perspective Why read this stuff you ask? Well consider that you won't live on this planet for than ohhh 75 years at best if you live in a developed country like the US Elsewhere much less If you're not asking uestions about your existence then you are dumb Sorry I don't hold back the punches Want lovin' go see your boyfriend girlfriend significant other The Hindu says we all begin selfish It's expected Just think of the infant what do they think about all day Themselves Then as you grow you see siblings peers community town state country world worlds and it is here where most turn to religion or spirituallity It's a natural progression If you resist that's your call But if you go with the natural inclination and most do then you need to read Read books on science and religion and get uestioning Because there's nothing worse than getting to the Big Cul de sac of life and going Whoops This sucks Should have researced this after life thing Poof Excellent scholarly work surveying science and religion interactions through history The book has a strong historical slant to it providing background and circumstances regarding the origin of various conflicts between science and religion The essays also explore philosophical reasons and challenges but do not delve too deeply into the philosophical implications The authors are diverse in their experience and perspectives going each chapter a fresh look at different topicsDefinitely a must read for someone interested in science and religion The authors challenge the reader with insights and historical framework that makes one think Topics that I initially thought would dull I ended up enjoying thoroughly as I read through them and saw the reasoning This is one of numerous recently published books on the topic of the history of the war between science and religion This book is a collection of no less than 30 separate essays on the historical conflict The chapters range all the way from Aristotle and the early Christian period to medieval writers such as St Augustine and Thomas Auinas to the Copernican revolution Galileo and Newton and on to the modern period with geology biology evolution physics astronomy cosmology and finally a chapter on postmodernism and its relation to scienceThis book certainly covers the ground But I personally found it a bit unsatisfying Because none of these authors really had the room to explore their topic in depth the result is a collection of a lot of short vignettes that really don't provide all that much new information I'll keep reading Good general introduction A book I considered using for a course on Science and Religion This book was a reuired reading for one of my freshman year classes at NYU Thoroughly uninteresting and dry

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