Review of 'On Faith and Science', by Edward J. Larson & Michael Ruse
Lawson, F. 2018. Review of 'On Faith and Science', by Edward J. Larson & Michael Ruse. Reviews in Science and Religion. 70.
Larson and Ruse have clearly marketed this book to those new to considering science and religion in a more compatible light, this is evidenced not only by their detailed and insightful suggestions for further reading on the debate but also through their approach in which the thinkers, their theories and their context is clearly set out. Managing to carefully negotiate the fine line between assuming knowledge of the key figures and losing the lay reader. There is enough information for the unacquainted reader to understand the scholars’ contribution without leaving the more familiar reader feeling patronised – this is no mean feat particularly with the breadth of scholars and topics covered.
On Faith and Science joins an increasing number of books that tackles the relationship between science and religion with co-authors from different academic disciplines. For example, Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs’ The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions (Oxford University Press, 2016) which offers a review of the “debate” framed by scientist and artist. However, it could be argued that Penultimate Curiosity is targeted at the reader already well versed in the relationship. Larson and Ruse approach the issue in both a chronological and thematic manner, with the authors alternating as the lead voice from one chapter to the next and with the reader reminded of who is leading each section. They are careful not to focus solely on Christianity and indeed frequently refer beyond the Abrahamic faiths to Buddhism in particular, but also touching on Hinduism. The focus is not to prove that faith has driven scientific discovery but rather highlight the breadth of interaction, both positive and negative between the two in a way that contextualises the complexities of the debate.
|Keywords||Science and religion; Interdisciplinarity; Book review|
|Journal||Reviews in Science and Religion|
|Publisher||Science and Religion Forum|
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|Deposited||18 Jul 2022|
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