Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?
Paul Kurtz, Barry Karr, Ranjit Sandhu
Prometheus Books, 2003 - Philosophy - 368 pages
In recent years a noticeable trend toward harmonizing the distinct worldviews of science and religion has become increasingly popular. Despite marked public interest, many leading scientists remain skeptical that there is much common ground between scientific knowledge and religious belief. Indeed, they are often antagonistic. Can an accommodation be reached after centuries of conflict?
In this stimulating collection of articles on the subject, Paul Kurtz, with the assistance of Barry Karr and Ranjit Sandhu, have assembled the thoughts of scientists from various disciplines. Among the distinguished contributors are Sir Arthur C. Clarke (author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and numerous other works of science fiction); Nobel Prize Laureate Steven Weinberg (professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin); Neil deGrasse Tyson (Princeton University astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium); James Lovelock (creator of the Gaia hypothesis); Kendrick Frazier (editor of the Skeptical Inquirer); Steven Pinker (professor of psychology at MIT); Richard Dawkins (zoologist at Oxford University); Eugenie Scott (physical anthropologist and executive director of the National Center for Science Education); Owen Gingerich (professor of astronomy at Harvard University); Martin Gardner (prolific popular science writer); the late Richard Feynman (Nobel Prize-winning physicist) and Stephen Jay Gould (professor of geology at Harvard University); and many other eminent scientists and scholars.
Among the topics discussed are the Big Bang and the origin of the universe, intelligent design and creationism versus evolution, the nature of the "soul," near-death experiences, communication with the dead, why people do or do not believe in God, and the relationship between religion and ethics.
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The author does a good job of describing the controversies between science and religion, but is too quick to dismiss the reality of the disputes, and the difficulty of resolving them. Adopting ... Read full review
An Overview of the Issues
Does the Soul Eist? From
A Designer Universe?
Anthropic Design Does the Cosmos Show Evidence of Purpose?
From the Anthropic Principle to the Supernatural
An Astrophysicist Ponders the God Question
Creationism versus Evolution
Skepticisms Prospects for Unseating Intelligent Design
Where the Two Worlds Tangle There Is a Conflict
Life After Death
AfterDeath Communication Studies
Mythological Soul to the Conscious Brain
Efficacy of Prayer
Science versus Shroud Science
Why Do People Believe or Disbelieve?
Design Yes Intelligent No A Critique of IntelligentDesign
Science and Religion in Historical Perspective
The Galileo Affair
Uniting the Worldor Dividing It Which Outlook
The Dangerous Quest for Cooperation
A Conversation with My Students
Supernatural Power and Cultural Evolution
The Biological Roots of Religion
Whence Religious Belief?
Science and the Unknowable
A Way of Life for Agnostics
Science and Religion in an Impersonal Universe