Religion and Science

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 254 pages
7 Reviews
In this timely work, Russell, philosopher, agnostic, mathematician, and renowned peace advocate, offers a brief yet insightful study of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during the last four centuries. Examining accounts in which scientific advances clashed with Christian doctrine or biblical interpretations of the day, from Galileo and the Copernican Revolution, to the medical breakthroughs of anesthesia and inoculation, Russell points to the constant upheaval and reevaluation of our systems of belief throughout history. In turn, he identifies where similar debates between modern science and the Church still exist today. Michael Ruse's new introduction brings these conflicts between science and theology up to date, focusing on issues arising after World War II.
This classic is sure to interest all readers of philosophy and religion, as well as those interested in Russell's thought and writings.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
2
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

In this timely work, Russell, philosopher, agnostic, mathematician, and renowned peace advocate, offers a brief yet insightful study of the conflicts between science and traditional religion during ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - fundevogel - LibraryThing

Of the books I've read by Russell so far I think he is the easiest on religion here. I see two reasons for this. One, he never talks about sexual repression which is the subject that consistently gets ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION BY MICHAEL RUSE
7
n THE COPERNICAN REVOLUTION
19
ffl EVOLUTION
49
DEMONOLOGY AND MEDICINE
82
SOUL AND BODY
110
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1997)


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.

Bibliographic information