Webs of Reality: Social Perspectives on Science and Religion

Webs of Reality: Social Perspectives on Science and Religion

by William Stahl, Robert A. Campbell, Yvonne Petry, Gary Diver
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813531063

ISBN-13: 9780813531069

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813531069
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.99(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Finding a Place at the Table1
Pt. ISoteriology
1The Sacred Myth of Science23
2Writing the History of Science37
Pt. IISaintliness
3The Iconography of Science53
4The Newtonian Revolution69
Pt. IIIMagic
5Magicians, Reformers, and Scientists85
6As If by Magic101
7Technology as Magic117
Pt. IVTheodicy
8The Moral of the Dinosaur135
Pt. VMystery and Objectivity
9The Science Wars159
10Naturalism, Science, and Religion171
11History and Hermeneutics183
12The Centrality of Dialogue195
Notes205
Selected References225
Index231

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