Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone

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Mark Harris, Duncan Pritchard
  • New York, NY: 
    Routledge
    , July
     2017.
     220 pages.
     $130.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781138234154.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Peter Jordan forthcoming.

Description

Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone brings together these great truth-seeking disciplines, and seeks to understand the ways in which they challenge and inform each other.

Key topics and their areas of focus include:

• Foundational Issues – why should anyone care about the science-and-religion debate? How do scientific claims relate to the truth? Is evolution compatible with design?

• Faith and Rationality – can faith ever be rational? Are theism and atheism totally opposed? Is God hidden or does God simply not exist?

• Faith and Science - what provides a better explanation for the origin of the universe—science or religion? Faith and physics: can they be reconciled? Does contemporary neuroscience debunk religious belief? Creationism and evolutionary biology - what constitutes science and what constitutes pseudo-science?

• Practical Implications – is fundamentalism just a problem for religious people? What are the ethical implications of the science-and-religion debate? Do logic and religion mix?

This book is designed to be used in conjunction with the free ‘Philosophy, Science and Religion’ MOOC (massive open online course) created by the University of Edinburgh, and hosted by the Coursera platform (www.coursera.org). This book is also highly recommended for anyone looking for a concise overview of this fascinating discipline.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mark Harris is senior lecturer in science and religion at the University of Edinburgh. Trained initially in earth sciences at Cambridge, his PhD work led him into condensed matter physics, working in Oxford, then at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Oxfordshire, UK), where he established his interests in the physics of magnetic materials. He is known as the discoverer (with Steve Bramwell, UCL) of 'spin ice'.

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