Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas DixonScience and Religion: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas Dixon

Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

byThomas Dixon

Paperback | August 15, 2008

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The debate between science and religion is never out of the news: emotions run high, fuelled by polemical bestsellers like iThe God Delusion/i and, at the other end of the spectrum, high-profile campaigns to teach 'Intelligent Design' in schools.Yet there is much more to the debate than the clash of these extremes. As Thomas Dixon shows in this balanced and thought-provoking introduction, a whole range of views, subtle arguments, and fascinating perspectives can be taken on this complex and centuries-old subject. He explores not only thekey philosophical questions that underlie the debate, but also highlights the social, political, and ethical contexts that have made 'science and religion' such a fraught and interesting topic in the modern world. Along the way, he examines landmark historical episodes such as the Galileo affair,Charles Darwin's own religious and scientific odyssey, the Scopes 'Monkey Trial' in Tennessee in 1925, and the Dover Area School Board case of 2005, and includes perspectives from non-Christian religions and examples from across the physical, biological, and social sciences.
Thomas Dixon is Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London. A member of the International Society for Science and Religion and an expert on modern intellectual history, he writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, and has published books about the history of psychology and about Victorian moral philosophy.
Title:Science and Religion: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.35 inPublished:August 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. 1. What are science-religion debates really about?2. How do we know anything?3. Does God act in nature?4. What are human beings?5. What did Charles Darwin believe?6. Who should control education?7. How should we live?References and Further Reading