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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 the two is interesting 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 is certainly the important contribution academically But as my GR review indicated it freuently bogs down a 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 ou 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 This is one of numerous recently published books on the topic of the history of the one of numerous recently published books on the topic of the history of the 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 This book was a reuired reading for one of my freshman ear classes at NYU Thoroughly uninteresting and dry 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 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 di. ,


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Nd 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 on Islam are all Western sources I d love see an introductory text with pictures narrative and geographic diversity Good general introduction A book I considered using for a course on Science and Religion 1 Science and religion Conflict or ComplexityThis book s answer Complexity Most def PB s answer Conflict what medication are ou on2 Islam the cliche is that their science flourished brilliantly until around 1200 then fell into steep decline for reasons we do not fully comprehend This book concludes cliche is still true Okay don t hold the front page3 Heliocentricity the first big showdown between the god suad in the red corner and the wise guys in the blue corner It was Copernicus that did it He first said the earth goes round the sun And the Pope decreed as long as he discusses this in purely hypothetical terms that s okay A key contemporary phrase attributed to Cardinal Baronius was The Bible tells us how to go to heaven not how the heavens goNow give that guy a job at Saatchi and Saatchi He could sell sand to the Saudis Anyway Copernicus didn t get fried he died a peaceful death in his own bed and frightful demons did not drag him down to hell Science 1 God 04 Then Galileo came along shortly thereafter The famous dispute is not Profession Slasheur: Cumuler les jobs un mtier d'avenir you say the earth moves God says it doesn tou are hereby plagued with boils Copernicus invented the heliocentric theory and Galileo stuck a couple of knobs on it and promoted it So the dispute was specific The Church was saying can Language and the Mind you prove heliocentricity So Galileo tried but couldn t Okay then the bishops said ifou can t prove it How To Top Like A Stud: A Penetrating Guide to Gay Sex. (Like A Porn Star) you must only ever describe this theory once again hypothetically Ifou ever prove our theory we will re interpret the key Biblical passages which indicate a geocentric reality as figurative Deal Here we have a possibly unintentional stab of deadpan comedy in this otherwise unfunny book Despite these complications Galileo s views in the Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina 1615 have since become commonplace in biblical exegesis and were accepted by the Catholic Church in 1983So surprisingly the score for the Galileo game was God 1 Science 15 Readers of certain sections of this book have to contend with sentences like Deism can be seen therefore as an extreme version of the like Deism can be seen therefore as an extreme version of the of attributing natural efficacy to secondary causes at the opposite end of the potentia absoluta et of the of attributing natural efficacy to secondary causes at the opposite end of the potentia absoluta et spectrum from occasionalismSo ou have been warned6 Onward to geology this really threw down the gauntlet Or Scoveries 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 postmodern. .
Id it Because Bill Bryson s chapter on geology in A Short History of Nearly Everything a rather tiresome volume tells us that a great number of people in 18th century ie pre geology cheerfully accepted the great age of the earth7 The second Big One was of course Evolution How interesting that Christians both Protestant and Catholic managed to make some accommodation with Darwin s theories by the turn of the 20th century aside from local flareups like the Monkey Trial and everything was pretty cool until the evangelical insurrection in the Midwest and Southern States in the last 20 ears which revived a literalist tradition last heard of in 1830 Essentially the big religious stumbling block with evolution is not especially the origin and mutability of species ie the mechanics of it but clear corollary of it all which is that the whole process clear corollary of it all which is that the whole process unguided and purposeless That all of creation is not evolving towards some some greater reality it s not going from somewhere to somewhere morally or spiritually better It just is No divine plan And one further thing no human soul This is what really stuck in the craw of everyone but the radicals But here s Pope John Paul II in October 1996 new knowledge has led to the recognition of the theory of evolution as tha OK before ou read When Science Meets Religion Enemies Strangers or Partners theory of evolution as Tha OK Before You OK before De jongen, de mol, de vos en het paard you When Science Meets Religion Enemies Strangers or Partners need to read this one to get a historical perspective Why read this stuffou ask Well consider that Sybernetics : Musculation stratgique you won t live on this planet for than ohhh 75ears at best if Un nol River Falls (Suspense Crime) you live in a developed country like the US Elsewhere much less Ifou re not asking uestions about The Complete El your existence thenou are dumb Sorry I don t hold back the punches Want lovin go see Gesund leben ohne Zucker 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 asou grow Φυσιογνωμία 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 Ifou resist that s Een reis om de wereldin 45 kip en kalkoengerechten your call But ifou go with the natural inclination and most do then ou 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 reasonin. Ism 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 Weldo. ,