Science and religion : a very short introduction

Thomas Dixon

The debate between science and religion is never out of the news: emotions run high, fuelled by polemical bestsellers like The God Delusion and, at the other end of the spectrum, high-profile campaigns to teach 'Intelligent Design' in schools. Yet there is much more to the debate than the clash of these extremes. As Thomas Dixon shows in this balanced and thought-provoking introduction, many have seen harmony rather than conflict between faith and science. He explores not only the key philosophical questions that underlie the debate, but also the social, political, and ethical contexts that have made 'science and religion' such a fraught and interesting topic in the modern world, offering perspectives from non-Christian religions and examples from across the physical, biological, and social sciences. Along the way, he examines landmark historical episodes such as the trial of Galileo by the Inquisition in 1633, and the famous debate between 'Darwin's bulldog' Thomas Huxley and Bishop Wilberforce in Oxford in 1860. The Scopes 'Monkey Trial' in Tennessee in 1925 and the Dover Area School Board case of 2005 are explained with reference to the interaction between religion, law, and education in modern America. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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[目次]

  • 1. What are science-religion debates really about?
  • 2. Galileo and the philosophy of science
  • 3. Does God act in nature?
  • 4. Darwin and evolution
  • 5. Creationism and Intelligent Design
  • 6. Mind and morality
  • References and Further Reading

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書名 Science and religion : a very short introduction
著作者等 Dixon, Thomas
Dixon Thomas
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2008
ページ数 150 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 9780199295517
NCID BA8641728X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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