- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; New Ed edition (29 May 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195115511
- ISBN-13: 978-0195115512
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.4 x 13.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Religion and Science Paperback – 29 May 1997
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Praise for earlier editions: "Mr. Russell succeeds in investing the subject with a fresh interest....Even on the points on which one disagrees―and in a book of this type there will necessarily be many―the discussion is always acute and illuminating. Mr. Russell has endeavored to state opposing points of view with fairness."―Henry Hazlitt, The New York Times
About the Author
The late Bertrand Russell, English philosopher and mathematician, was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University, where he taught for many years. He also lectured widely in the United States. Winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature, he is the author of many books including the influential Principia Mathematica, with Alfred North Whitehead, and The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell 1872-1967, published in three volumes. Michael Ruse is Professor of Philosophy and Zoology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. He is the author of many books, including Evolutionary Naturalism and The Darwinian Paradigm.
Top Customer Reviews
Russell has presented his personal views on religion in another publication - see Why I am not a Christian: And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects (Routledge Classics) - and here he adopts a more objective position. His aim is to explore the developments that have taken place in Christian thinking and practice during recent centuries, looking at the impact of the developments that have occurred in the sciences. And the central thesis is that as scientific knowledge has grown, and as scientific practice has become a common feature of life in modern society, so the Christian religion has declined - becoming increasingly superfluous. The inconsistencies and contradictions that exist between religion and science are highlighted, and Russell advances the merits of an atheist position.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this short book. Yet it's now rather dated ... given that it was written some 70-odd years ago. Additionally, I would have preferred a more in-depth exploration and analysis. As it is, Russell tends to briefly describe things - rather than presenting a detailed critique. Nonetheless, I do recommend this book.
Everything I needed to know about this subject.
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Religion has been mainstream for at least two millenniums and as Russell points out it has only been in the last two centuries that science has gained considerable influence. For two thousand years even Aristotle's views on falling objects was considered unquestionably valid until simple scientific experiments proved his faulty lines of reason. The history of religion has also evolved throughout the ages, but unlike science there are no definitive tests that influence the lines of reason, there are only common accepted beliefs and faiths. Russell asserts it is this difference that is as the core of the conflict of between science and religion; a clash made most famous by Galileo's persecution for his pronouncement that the earth was not the center of the universe.
Russell's' philosophical views are as relevant today as in the early parts of the 20th century when this piece was written. He capably conveys the importance of looking back into history to better grasp the integrity of our own views. Anyone with an interest in these subjects will find Religion and Science worthwhile and enjoyable.
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