Science and Religion Around the World

John Headley Brooke and Ronald L. Numbers, Science and Religion Around the World, Dec 2010 Oxford University Press USA, Paperback: 236 pages, List: $29.95, Amazon $29.95 (or less)

The past quarter-century has seen an explosion of interest in the history of science and religion. But all too often the scholars writing it have focused their attention almost exclusively on the Christian experience, with only passing reference to other traditions of both science and faith. At a time when religious ignorance and misunderstanding have lethal consequences, such provincialism must be avoided and, in this pioneering effort to explore . . . → Read More: Science and Religion Around the World

When Faith & Science Collide

G. R. Davidson , When Faith and Science Collide: A Biblical Approach to Evaluating Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Age of the Earth, (2009) Malius Press, 292 pp. (Paperback) (Amazon: $12.50)  “Dr. Davidson’s book “When Faith & Science Collide” is a refreshing addition to the spectrum of work that has been recently published on the subject Science and Creation. Davidson has focused his book on a Christian audience caught up in the warfare dichotomy stemming primarily from the interpretation of Genesis 1-11. The issues encompass the history, science and concordism of scripture written about God’s act of creation . . . → Read More: When Faith & Science Collide

The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

Michael Murray, Jeffrey Schloss, eds. The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion , 2010  Oxford University Press, 384 pages, Bibliography, Index, Paperback (List: $35.00,  Amazon $30.61)

Over the last two decades, scientific accounts of religion have received a great deal of scholarly and popular attention both because of their intrinsic interest and because they are widely as constituting a threat to the religion they analyse. The Believing Primate aims to describe and discuss these scientific accounts as well as to assess their implications. The volume begins with essays by leading scientists in the field, . . . → Read More: The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

When Science and Christianity Meet

David Lindberg and Ronald Numbers, editors When Science and Christianity Meet. 368 pages., 2008,  Paper, University of Chicago Press. (List: $20.00, Amazon: $18.00) PSCF Review

“…The eleven authors have worked under strong editorial hands resulting in accounts that fit together ‘even reveal a pattern’ in address[ing] the varied relationships between two powerful cultural traditions attempting, sometimes, to occupy the same intellectual and social ground (pp. 4-5)… bring perspective to more recent concerns over the place of God in nature including the efforts of partisans of ID to rewrite the ground rules of . . . → Read More: When Science and Christianity Meet

GALILEO GOES TO JAIL AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION

Ronald L. Numbers, Ed. GALILEO GOES TO JAIL AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION, Harvard University Press, 2009. xi + 302 pages, including notes and index. Hardcover;  (List: $27.95.  )

The  Myths: 1. That the Rise of Christianity Was Responsible for the Demise of Ancient Science   2. That the Medieval Christian Church Suppressed the Growth of Science  3. That Medieval Christians Taught That the Earth Was Flat  4. That Medieval Islamic Culture Was Inhospitable to Science 5. That the Medieval Church Prohibited Human Dissection 6. That the Copernican System Demoted . . . → Read More: GALILEO GOES TO JAIL AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT SCIENCE AND RELIGION

Darwin’s Sacred Cause

Adrian Desmondand James Moore,   Darwin’s Sacred Cause: How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on Human Evolution, Hardcover, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2009  (List $35.00, Amazon $16.46)

“Arresting . . . confront[s] the touchy subject of Darwin and race head on . . . Adrian Desmond and JamesMoore published a highly regarded biography of Darwin in 1991 . . . the case they make is rich and intricate, involving Darwin’s encounter with race-based phrenology at Edinburgh and a religiously based opposition to slavery at Cambridge. Even Darwin’s courtship of Emma, whom he winningly called ‘the most interesting specimen in the whole . . . → Read More: Darwin’s Sacred Cause