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Kneeling at the Altar of Science: The Mistaken Path of Contemporary Religious Scientism

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Does religion need to look more like a science? If much of the contemporary work published in science and religion is any indication, the answer appears to be a resounding "yes." Yet the current tendency to dress religion up in the language and methods of science does more harm than good. In Kneeling at the Altar of Science, Robert Bolger argues that much of the recent writing in science and religion falls prey to the practice of what he calls "religious scientism," or the attempt to use science to explain and ...

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Kneeling at the Altar of Science: The Mistaken Path of Contemporary Religious Scientism

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Overview

Does religion need to look more like a science? If much of the contemporary work published in science and religion is any indication, the answer appears to be a resounding "yes." Yet the current tendency to dress religion up in the language and methods of science does more harm than good. In Kneeling at the Altar of Science, Robert Bolger argues that much of the recent writing in science and religion falls prey to the practice of what he calls "religious scientism," or the attempt to use science to explain and clarify certain religious concepts. Bolger then shows, with clarity and humor, how religious scientism harms rather than helps, arguing in the end that religious concepts do better when their meaning is found in the context of their religious use. This book promises to be a fresh approach to the ever-popular dialogue between science and religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610973168
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Bolger (PhD, Claremont Graduate University) currently lives and teaches near Seattle.

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Table of Contents

Forward Richard Olson ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Fighting for a Place at the Trough 1

1 Religious Scientism and its Secular Counterparts 15

2 Bringing Heaven Down to Earth 37

3 Designing Science 59

4 On the Parity of Causes: Can Mental Causation Save Divine Action? 80

5 Making Room for God in the World 109

6 Taking a Religious Stance 128

Bibliography 151

Index 157

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