Morals Not Knowledge: Recasting the Contemporary U.S. Conflict between Religion and Science

Morals Not Knowledge: Recasting the Contemporary U.S. Conflict between Religion and Science

by John H. Evans

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In a time when conservative politicians challenge the irrefutability of scientific findings such as climate change, it is more important than ever to understand the conflict at the heart of the “religion vs. science” debates unfolding in the public sphere. In this groundbreaking work, John H. Evans reveals that, with a few limited exceptions, even the most conservative religious Americans accept science’s ability to make factual claims about the world. However, many religious people take issue with the morality implicitly promoted by some forms of science. Using clear and engaging scholarship, Evans upends the prevailing notion that there is a fundamental conflict over the way that scientists and religious people make claims about nature and argues that only by properly understanding moral conflict between contemporary religion and science will we be able to contribute to a more productive interaction between these two great institutions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520297432
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/09/2018
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

John H. Evans is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. The Religion and Science Advocates in the Academic Debate
3. The Academic Analysts of the Relationship Between Religion and Science
4. The Recent Transformation of Elite Academic and Public Debates
5. Existing Research on the Public
6. Empirical Tests of Knowledge and Belief Conflict for the Religious Public
7. Empirical Tests of Moral Conflict for the Religious Public
8. Conclusion

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