Webs of Reality: Social Perspectives on Science and Religion

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Rutgers University Press, 2002 - Social Science - 239 pages
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Science and religion are often thought to be advancing irreconcilable goals and thus to be mutually antagonistic. Yet in the often acrimonious debates between the scientific and religions communities, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that both science and religion are systems of thought and knowledge that aim to understand the world and our place in it.

Webs of Reality
is a rare examination of the interrelationship between religion and science from a social science perspective, offering a broader view of the relationship, and posing practical questions regarding technology and ethics. Emphasizing how science and religion are practiced instead of highlighting the differences between them, the authors look for the subtle connections, tacit understandings, common history, symbols, and implicit myths that tie them together. How can the practice of science be understood from a religious point of view? What contributions can science make to religious understanding of the world? What contributions can the social sciences make to understanding both knowledge systems? Looking at religion and science as fields of inquiry and habits of mind, the authors discover not only similarities between them but also a wide number of ways in which they complement each other.

 

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Contents

Soteriology
17
Writing the History of Science
37
The Iconography of Science
53
The Newtonian Revolution
69
Magicians Reformers and Scientists
85
As If by Magic
101
Technology as Magic
117
The Moral of the Dinosaur
135
Mystery and Objectivity
159
Naturalism Science and Religion
171
History and Hermeneutics
183
The Centrality of Dialogue
195
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WILLIAM A. STAHL is a professor of sociology at Luther College, University of Regina, Canada and the author of God and the Chip: Religion and the Culture of Technology. ROBERT A. CAMPBELL is associate principal for educational resources and informational technology, University of Toronto at Scarborough. GARY DIVER teaches physics at the University of Regina. YVONNE PETRY is an assistant professor of history at Luther College, University of Regina, Canada.

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