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Science and Religion Primer, A [Paperback]

By Heidi A. Campbell (Editor) & Heather Looy (Editor)
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Pages   230
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Baker Academic
ISBN  0801031508  
EAN  9780801031502  


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A Science and Religion Primer is a unique resource: an encyclopedia, an annotated bibliography, and a survey of the relationship between two equally complex fields. Editors Heidi Campbell and Heather Looy begin their work with four chapters from expert contributors: history of the science and religion dialogue, role of philosophy in science and theology, and science and technology in light of religion. Entries cover such diverse topics as philosopher of science Karl Popper, the anthropic principle, Gaia, theodicy, hermeneutics, Intelligent Design, and more. Professors and students of theology, religion, and science--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels--will welcome this contribution. A Science and Religion Primer is an accessible and affordable contribution to interdisciplinary studies and provides a respectful conversation between science and faith.

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"A Science and Religion Primer "is a unique resource: an encyclopedia, an annotated bibliography, and a survey of the relationship between two equally complex fields. Editors Heidi Campbell and Heather Looy begin their work with four chapters from expert contributors: history of the science and religion dialogue, the role of philosophy in the science and religion dialogue, theology's intersection with the science and religion dialogue, and science and technology in light of religion. Entries cover such diverse topics as philosopher of science Karl Popper, the anthropic principle, Gaia, theodicy, hermeneutics, Intelligent Design, and more. Professors and students of theology, religion, and science--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels--will welcome this contribution. "A Science and Religion Primer" is an accessible and affordable contribution to interdisciplinary studies and provides a respectful conversation between science and faith.

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More About Heidi A. Campbell & Heather Looy

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Heidi A. Campbell (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is associate professor of communication at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She is the author of Exploring Religious Community Online and has written numerous articles and encyclopedia entries. Heather Looy (PhD, McMaster University) is professor of psychology at The King's University College in Alberta, Canada. She specializes in biopsychology and is an active researcher and writer. Both Campbell and Looy participated in the Sir John Templeton Oxford Seminars in Science and Christianity.

Heidi A. Campbell has an academic affiliation as follows - Texas A & M University USA.

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A quality resource which does its job well  May 15, 2010
As a "science and religion primer," this book aims to provide terminological definitions and introductory conceptual background for people who are interested in the interaction between science and religion. The book generally fulfills this aim, though the title is a bit misleading because "religion" here really means a fairly generic version of Christianity, with very little attention given to other religions.

Since this publisher is new to me, I did a little digging and found that "Baker Academic serves the academy and the church by publishing works that further the pursuit of knowledge and understanding within the context of Christian faith." This alerted me to the possibility of the book having a pro-Christian bias which would compromise its usefulness, so I was on the lookout for that, but I was pleased to find that the book is reasonably fair and objective. In fact, after reading the book cover to cover, it becomes apparent that there's quite a bit of controversy and confusion within Christianity itself, which thus weakens the Christian position. Another main conclusion is that the interaction between science and religion is a fertile territory to explore the big questions, and no form of dogmatism (scientism, religious fundamentalism, etc.) is appropriate here.

In terms of the format, the book consists of a short introduction, four short general essays on the science/religion interaction, and then the bulk of the book is ~90 entries dealing with topics such as altruism, Francis Bacon, causation, Charles Darwin, ecofeminism, fideism, Galileo, handmaiden metaphor, idealism, kenosis, laws of nature, materialism, naturalism, ontology, William Paley, quantum theory, realism, science, technology, and the verification principle. Each entry is about two pages and consists of a general discussion, bullet points on key points/challenges, and annotated suggestions for further reading. Despite being short, the entries still pack in a good amount of content because they're written concisely and at a fairly high level, though of course many of the entries will still leave you wanting more. The entries appear to be all written by different contributors, so the quality inevitably varies somewhat, but the overall quality is high and the editors have done their job well.

I recommend this book to people seeking a primer on the science/religion interaction, with two caveats: (a) don't expect much specific treatment of religions other than Christianity and (b) since the book is written at a fairly high level, the target audience is people with a serious interest in the topic rather than the general reader. And for people who have such a serious interest, the book may be a good choice even if you're well past the point of needing a primer.
 

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