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Overview

Science and religion are often thought to be advancing irreconcilable goals and thus to be mutually antagonistic. Yet in the often acrimonious debates between the scientific and religions communities, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that both science and religion are systems of thought and knowledge that aim to understand the world and our place in it.

Webs of Reality is a rare examination of the interrelationship between religion and science from a social science perspective, offering a broader view of the relationship, and posing practical questions regarding technology and ethics. Emphasizing how science and religion are practiced instead of highlighting the differences between them, the authors look for the subtle connections, tacit understandings, common history, symbols, and implicit myths that tie them together. How can the practice of science be understood from a religious point of view? What contributions can science make to religious understanding of the world? What contributions can the social sciences make to understanding both knowledge systems? Looking at religion and science as fields of inquiry and habits of mind, the authors discover not only similarities between them but also a wide number of ways in which they complement each other.

William A. Stahl is a professor of sociology at Luther College, University of Regina, Canada and the author of God and the Chip: Religion and the Culture of Technology. Robert A. Campbell is associate principal for educational resources and informational technology, University of Toronto at Scarborough. Gary Diver teaches physics at the University of Regina. Yvonne Petry is an assistant professor of history at LutherCollege, University of Regina, Canada.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813531076
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Finding a Place at the Table 1
Pt. I Soteriology
1 The Sacred Myth of Science 23
2 Writing the History of Science 37
Pt. II Saintliness
3 The Iconography of Science 53
4 The Newtonian Revolution 69
Pt. III Magic
5 Magicians, Reformers, and Scientists 85
6 As If by Magic 101
7 Technology as Magic 117
Pt. IV Theodicy
8 The Moral of the Dinosaur 135
Pt. V Mystery and Objectivity
9 The Science Wars 159
10 Naturalism, Science, and Religion 171
11 History and Hermeneutics 183
12 The Centrality of Dialogue 195
Notes 205
Selected References 225
Index 231
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