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Science & Education

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 1209–1211 | Cite as

John Hedley Brooke and Ronald L. Numbers (eds): Science and Religion Around the World

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-19-532820-2, 336 pp, price: $29.95
  • Alister McGrath
Book Review

The relation of science and religion, two of the most powerful cultural and intellectual forces in today’s world, continues to be a topic of considerable scholarly interest. Some scientists and religious believers see them as locked in mortal combat. Science and religion are thus at war with each other, and that war will continue until one of them is eradicated. Although this view tends to be associated particularly with dogmatic atheist scientists, such as Peter Atkins or Richard Dawkins, they are also encountered among religious believers. Some fundamentalist Christians and Muslims, for example, see science as a threat to their faith. A good example of this can be found in the criticisms of evolution made by conservative Protestant Christians, who see it as undermining the biblical creation accounts. Other see the relation of science and religion in much more benign and positive terms, offering different yet ultimately complementary accounts of a greater scheme of things.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kings College LondonLondonUK

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