Science and Religion Around the World

Paperback | January 21, 2011

byJohn Headley Brooke, Ronald L. Numbers

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Because the claim of universalism is associated with Western science, it is often taken for granted that, when exported, scientific knowledge simply diffuses unchanged into other regions. But what really happens when the science of one culture encounters that of another or becomes enmeshed ina different set of values? All too often scholars of science and religion have focused their attention almost exclusively on the Christian experience, mentioning Jews and Muslims only in passing. At a time when religious ignorance and misunderstanding have lethal consequences, such provincialismmust be avoided. The wide range of possibilities in the study of science and religion makes it particularly desirable to look at both fields not parochially but around the world, and the goal of this book is to expand the knowledge of science and religion beyond its largely Christian base to includenot only the other Abrahamic faiths but the indigenous traditions of Africa and Asia.

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Because the claim of universalism is associated with Western science, it is often taken for granted that, when exported, scientific knowledge simply diffuses unchanged into other regions. But what really happens when the science of one culture encounters that of another or becomes enmeshed ina different set of values? All too often sch...

John Headley Brooke is Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College Oxford, Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham, President of the International Society for Science and Religion. Ronald L. Numbers is Hilldale and William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195328205

ISBN - 13:9780195328202

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Introduction1. Noah Efron: Early Judaism2. Geoffrey Cantor: Modern Judaism3. Peter Harrison and David C. Lindberg: Early Christianity4. John Hedley Brooke: Modern Christianity5. Ahmad S. Dallal: Early Islam6. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu: Modern Islam7. Mark Csikszentmihalti: Early Chinese Religions8. B. V. Subbarayappa: Indic Religions9. Donald S. Lopez, Jr.: Buddhism10. Steven Feierman and John M. Janzen: African Religions11. Bernard Lightman: Unbelief12. David N. Livingstone: Which Science? Whose Religion?A Guide to Further Reading