On Faith and Science

On Faith and Science

by Edward J. Larson, Michael Ruse

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A captivating historical survey of the key debates, questions, and controversies at the intersection of science and religion

Throughout history, scientific discovery has clashed with religious dogma, creating conflict, controversy, and sometimes violent dispute. In this enlightening and accessible volume, distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Edward Larson and Michael Ruse, philosopher of science and Gifford Lecturer, offer their distinctive viewpoints on the sometimes contentious relationship between science and religion. The authors explore how scientists, philosophers, and theologians through time and today approach vitally important topics, including cosmology, geology, evolution, genetics, neurobiology, gender, and the environment. Broaching their subjects from both historical and philosophical perspectives, Larson and Ruse avoid rancor and polemic as they address many of the core issues currently under debate by the adherents of science and the advocates of faith, shedding light on the richly diverse field of ideas at the crossroads where science meets spiritual belief.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300231809
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 654,421
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Edward J. Larson is University Professor of history and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor and director of the history and philosophy of science program at Florida State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What's the Fuss? 1

1 Looking Up to God or the Cosmos 17

2 The Tao of Physics and Other Big Ideas 51

3 The Brain, the Mind, and the Soul 79

4 Rock, Fossil, God 102

5 Darwinism and Belief 135

6 The Evolution of Humanity 159

7 Sex and Gender 185

8 Eugenies, Genetics, and Playing God 212

9 Living on Earth 246

Bibliographic Essay: Where to Look from Here 277

Index 287

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