Science and Religion

Beyond Warfare and Toward Understanding

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I have not read, and cannot imagine, a better introduction to the science and religion dialogue than this book. If you are looking for a primer that is comprehensive, scholarly, readable—and will be engaging for students—look no further.

Ed Hogan
Kenrick - Glennon Seminary

“One of the many virtues of Joshua Moritz’’s well-structured and wide-ranging introduction to the relation between science and religion is its resourceful use of historical scholarship.”

John Hedley Brooke
University of Oxford

Science and Religion is a stunning contribution to the dialogue between the scientific and religious communities, laced with enormous scholarship and marvelous humor, and driven by a passion to put aside the reported conflict and contribute to creative interaction. [Joshua] Moritz first argues that the purported warfare between science and religion is actually a myth propounded by a collection of outspoken, antireligious scientists. He then provides a detailed and promising assessment of several key areas.  .  .  .  [A] must-read for scientists, religious scholars, high school teachers, clergy, and the general public interested in the possibility of a creative interaction between science and religion.”

Robert John Russell
Graduate Theological Union

““Joshua Moritz’’s Science and Religion dispels the myth of the conflict between religion and science by showing that no science can be done without some important presuppositions and that any good theology incorporates the best results of scientific investigation. The book covers all key topics in science-religion conversation from the ‘beginning’ to the ‘end.’ Listing of resources and a glossary further strengthen this book’’s value.””

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
University of Helsinki, Finland

About This Book

Overview

What happens when religious faith meets scientific facts?

Many believe that conflict defines the relationship between science and religion, especially the Christian religion. But the war between faith and science is a myth—a very popular myth—that has endured for too long.

By investigating the root of this myth and reexamining its classic stories, Science and Religion: Beyond Warfare and Toward Understanding offers a more accurate relationship between science and religion. With a focus on Christianity, the text explores causes of contemporary conflicts as well as cases in which science and religion have interacted in mutually beneficial ways to demonstrate that, in the relationship between science and religion, harmony is more common than discord.

Details

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 1.5 x 9 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-715-5

Pages

318

Item # 7071

Customer Reviews

I have not read, and cannot imagine, a better introduction to the science and religion dialogue than this book. If you are looking for a primer that is comprehensive, scholarly, readable—and will be engaging for students—look no further.

Ed Hogan
Kenrick - Glennon Seminary

“One of the many virtues of Joshua Moritz’’s well-structured and wide-ranging introduction to the relation between science and religion is its resourceful use of historical scholarship.”

John Hedley Brooke
University of Oxford

“Joshua Moritz’’s Science and Religion is a stunning contribution to the dialogue between the scientific and religious communities, laced with enormous scholarship and marvelous humor, and driven by a passion to put aside the reported conflict and contribute to creative interaction. Moritz first argues that the purported warfare between science and religion is actually a myth propounded by a collection of outspoken, antireligious scientists. He then provides a detailed and promising assessment of several key areas, including Big Bang cosmology, evolutionary biology and creation theology; the human person and the image of God; science and miracles; God’’s relation to suffering in nature; and the far future of the cosmos and Christian hope. I strongly recommend Science and Religion to both the general reader and the scholarly community. It is a must-read for scientists, religious scholars, high school teachers, clergy, and the general public interested in the possibility of a creative interaction between science and religion.”

Robert John Russell
Graduate Theological Union

““Joshua Moritz’’s Science and Religion dispels the myth of the conflict between religion and science by showing that no science can be done without some important presuppositions and that any good theology incorporates the best results of scientific investigation. The book covers all key topics in science-religion conversation from the ‘beginning’ to the ‘end.’ Listing of resources and a glossary further strengthen this book’’s value.””

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
University of Helsinki, Finland

About the Author

Joshua M. Moritz

Joshua M. Moritz is a lecturer of philosophical theology and natural science at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Contents

Chapter 1: Science versus Religion: The War That Never Was

Chapter 2: The Role of Faith in the History of Science

Chapter 3: The Boundaries and Limits of Science and Faith

Chapter 4: Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science and Faith without Limits

Chapter 5: Creation and the Cosmos

Chapter 6: The Forming of Life: From Cosmic Dust to Consciousness

Chapter 7: From Consciousness to New Creation: The Nature and Destiny of Humanity

Chapter 8: Miracles and the Laws of Nature

Chapter 9: God, the Problem of Suffering, and the Natural Sciences

Chapter 10: The End of All Things and the New Beginning

Professional Reviews

Science and Religion: Beyond Warfare and Toward Understanding. By Joshua M. Moritz.

Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2016. Pp. 317. $30.95.

I have not read, and cannot imagine, a better introduction to the science and religion dialogue than this book. If you are looking for a primer that is comprehensive, scholarly, readable—and will be engaging for students—look no further.

The first four chapters of the book provide a solid foundation in the history and philosophy of the relationship between religion and science. M. hits all the major flash points (such as Columbus, Galileo, and others), debunking the warfare myth from every conceivable angle. Six subsequent chapters take the reader into key areas of interaction between religion and science.

Historically and philosophically, scientifically and theologically, the erudition in the book can only be described as massive. Footnotes from Church Fathers sit side by side with footnotes on the latest scientific research and contemporary theological discussion. Yet the book is still easy to read. No one will get lost in jargon here.

Chapter 6 is a good snapshot of the book’s method. M. begins with a detailed linguistic and thematic analysis of what the Bible means when it speaks of God creating. He follows with a detailed scientific analysis of evolutionary biology—including some intriguing findings in evolutionary developmental biology that will call to mind discussions of “cosmological fine-tuning.” Every detail is put to work in showing that there need not be a conflict between creation and evolution from either a religious or a scientific perspective. Chapters on cosmology, human uniqueness, miracles, suffering, and the end of the world all unfold with similar detail and aim.

But M. does not stop with great research and approachable writing. He has also packed the book with discussion questions that are genuinely synthetic, suggested 536 Theological Studies 78(2) readings for those who want to dive deeper, and internet resources for those who want to see related videos. With these features, the book has everything you need for a semester long course on science and religion.

M. not only demystifies the warfare myth, he invites the reader to experience the intellectual and spiritual satisfaction that come from developing a more cordial relationship between religion and science.

Theological Studies, 2017
Ed Hogan
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, St. Louis
May 2017

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