Religion and Science: The Basics

By Philip Clayton

© 2012 – Routledge

196 pages

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About the Book

Religion and science are arguably the two most powerful social forces in the world today. But where religion and science were once held to be compatible, most people now perceive them to be in conflict. This unique book provides the best available introduction to the burning debates in this controversial field. Examining the defining questions and controversies, renowned expert Philip Clayton presents the arguments from both sides, asking readers to decide for themselves where they stand:

  • science or religion, or science and religion?
  • Intelligent Design vs. New Atheism
  • the role of scientific and religious ethics – designer drugs, AI and stem cell research
  • the future of science vs. the future of religion.

Viewpoints from a range of world religions and different scientific perspectives are explored, making this book essential reading for all those wishing to come to their own understanding of some of the most important debates of our day.

Table of Contents

1. The Basic Question: Science or Religion, or Science and Religion 2. The Two Most Famous Foes: Intelligent Design vs. The New Atheists 3. Not Religion and Science, but Religions and Science 4. Not all Scientific Concerns are Identical 5. Science, Technology and Ethics 6. The Future of Science and the Future of Religion 7. Conclusion: Science, Religion and Global Questions

About the Author

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor and Dean of Claremont School of Theology, and Provost of Claremont Lincoln University, USA. Author or editor of some twenty books, he is widely recognized internationally as a leading figure in the field of religion and science.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI022000
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
REL000000
RELIGION / General
REL106000
RELIGION / Religion & Science
SCI000000
SCIENCE / General