Science, Evolution, and Religion: A Debate about Atheism and Theism

Paperback | July 13, 2016

byMichael Peterson, Michael Ruse

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The science-religion debate is a hot topic in academic circles and contemporary culture, and evolution makes the subject particularly contentious. Does modern science tip the scales toward atheism? Or does religion have resources to support its credibility and relevance? And how does evolutioninfluence both worldviews? Comprehensive, balanced, and engaging, Science, Evolution, and Religion provides a dynamic yet respectful introduction to the science-religion debate, framed as a conflict between theism and atheism and structured around the impact of evolution on both perspectives. Philosophers Michael Petersonand Michael Ruse argue for theism and atheism, respectively. Peterson occasionally draws from Christian doctrine to supplement theism; Ruse often supports his atheism with elements drawn from the larger context of philosophical naturalism. The result is a rich dialogue on the nature and history ofscience, cosmic origins, biological origins, the anthropic principle, the foundations of morality, human uniqueness, the meaning of life, and other important topics in this area.

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The science-religion debate is a hot topic in academic circles and contemporary culture, and evolution makes the subject particularly contentious. Does modern science tip the scales toward atheism? Or does religion have resources to support its credibility and relevance? And how does evolutioninfluence both worldviews? Comprehensive, ...

Michael Peterson is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of several books, including Philosophy of Religion, Fifth Edition (OUP, 2014), and Reason and Religious Belief, Fifth Edition (OUP 2012). He is also managing editor of Faith and Philosophy and winner of Templeton grants in...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:July 13, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"Science, Evolution, and Religion provides a comprehensive and insightful discussion of what's really at stake in the 'science and religion discussion' by two eminent philosophers who, speaking on behalf of their own opposing worldviews, see the larger picture with remarkable clarity." --Kirk Wegter-McNelly, Union College