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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Larson & Ruse: On Faith And Science

Larson 2Edward J. Larson (Pepperdine)  & Michael Ruse (Florida State), On Faith and Science (Yale Univ. Press 2017):

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.

The most readable, comprehensive, and authoritative primer on science and religion now available. Larson and Ruse are superb story tellers. — Ronald L. Numbers, University of Wisconsin Madison

A fresh, engaging, and even-handed assessment of the relations between science and religion by two of the world’s leading experts on the topic. Highly recommended. — Peter Harrison, author of The Territories of Science and Religion

Combining expertise in the philosophy and history of science, the distinguished authors re-consider the continuing overlapping of science and religion in world culture. The result is enlightening and morally uplifting. — John Henry, University of Edinburgh

I heartily applaud the hope and deep wisdom in On Faith and Science. Its accessible history and philosophical insights of those evil and those good encounters will be useful for generations of readers. — Patricia Adair Gowaty, University of California, Los Angeles

With a historian’s fine attention to detail and a philosopher’s talent for seeing the big picture, Larson and Ruse use their staggering erudition to tell afresh the story of science and religion. A spectacular achievement. — Noah Efron, author of A Chosen Calling: Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century

Larson and Ruse are superb story tellers. This episodic, topical overview is the most readable, comprehensive, and authoritative combination now available. — Ronald L. Numbers, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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