The Study of Science and Religion

Sociological, Theological, and Philosophical Perspectives

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Carl Reinhold Bråkenhielm
Church of Sweden Research Series
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , June
     346 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Stephen Waldron forthcoming.


The main aim of this book is to contribute to the relationship between science and religion. This book aims to do constructive theological work out of a particular cultural context. The point of departure is contemporary Swedish religion and worldviews. One focus is the process of biologization (i.e., how the worldviews of the general public in Sweden are shaped by biological science). Is there a gap between Swedes in general and the perceptions of Swedish clergy? The answer is based on sociological studies on science and religion in Sweden and the United States.

Furthermore, the book contains a study of Swedish theologians, from Nathan Söderblom to the present Archbishop Antje Jackelén, and their shifting understanding of the relation between science and religion. The philosophical aspects of this relation are given special consideration. What models of the relation inform the contemporary scholarly discussion? Are science and religion in conflict, separate, or in mutual creative interaction?

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

Carl Reinhold Bråkenhielm is Professor Emeritus in the study of worldviews at Uppsala University. His research concerns worldviews and values in contemporary society as well as sociological, theological, and philosophical problems related to the relationship between science and religion. He is the author of Forgiveness (1993). His latest writings in English include “Theology and the Origins of Customized Science” (included in The Customization of Science, 2014).


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