Oracles of Science: Celebrity Scientists Versus God and Religion

Paperback | February 27, 2009

byKarl Giberson, Mariano Artigas

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Oracles of Science examines the popular writings of the six scientists who have been the most influential in shaping our perception of science, how it works, and how it relates to other fields of human endeavor, especially religion. Biologists Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O.Wilson, and physicists Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Steven Weinberg, have become public intellectuals, articulating a much larger vision for science and what role it should play in the modern worldview. The scientific prestige and literary eloquence of each of these great thinkers combine totransform them into what can only be called oracles of science. Their controversial, often personal, sometimes idiosyncratic opinions become widely known and perceived by many to be authoritative. Curiously, the leading 'oracles of science' are predominantly secular in ways that don't reflect thedistribution of religious beliefs within the scientific community. Many of them are even hostile to religion, creating a false impression that science as a whole is incompatible with religion. Karl Giberson and Mariano Artigas offer an informed analysis of the views of these six scientists,carefully distinguishing science from philosophy and religion in the writings of the oracles. This book will be welcomed by many who are disturbed by the tone of the public discourse on the relationship between science and religion and will challenge others to reexamine their own preconceptionsabout this crucial topic.

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Oracles of Science examines the popular writings of the six scientists who have been the most influential in shaping our perception of science, how it works, and how it relates to other fields of human endeavor, especially religion. Biologists Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, and Edward O.Wilson, and physicists Carl Sagan, Stephen H...

Karl Giberson is Director of the Forum on Faith and Science at Gordon College. The late Mariano Artigas was Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:February 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195386183

ISBN - 13:9780195386189

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Introduction: Oracles of Science1. A Good Devil's Chaplain: Richard Dawkins2. Rocks of Ages and the Ages of the Rocks: Stephen Jay Gould3. Reading the Mind of God: Stephen Hawking4. A Light in the Darkness: Carl Sagan5. Understanding a Pointless Universe: Steven Weinberg6. A Pulitzer for the Ants: Edward O. WilsonConclusion: Science and Beyond