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Science vs. religion : what scientists really think

Author: Elaine Howard Ecklund
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"That the longstanding antagonism between science and religion is irreconcilable has been taken for granted. And in the wake of recent controversies over teaching intelligent design and the ethics of stem-cell research, the divide seems as unbridgeable as ever. In Science vs. Religion, Elaine Howard Ecklund investigates this unexamined assumption in the first systematic study of what scientists actually think and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Case studies
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Howard Ecklund
ISBN: 9780195392982 0195392981 9780199975006 0199975000 9781282731233 1282731238
OCLC Number: 434126343
Description: xi, 228 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Crossing the picket lines : the personal faith of scientists. The real religious lives of scientists ; The voice of science ; The voice of faith ; Spiritual entrepreneurs --
Society and broader publics. Suppression or engagement : how scientists handle religion in the classroom ; No God on the quad : efforts toward a purely secular university ; Is God on the quad : making room for faith on campus ; What scientists are doing wrong that they could be doing right ; Shattering myths, toward dialogue.
Other Titles: Science versus religion
Science vs. religion :
Responsibility: Elaine Howard Ecklund.
Local System Bib Number:
261895

Abstract:

"That the longstanding antagonism between science and religion is irreconcilable has been taken for granted. And in the wake of recent controversies over teaching intelligent design and the ethics of stem-cell research, the divide seems as unbridgeable as ever. In Science vs. Religion, Elaine Howard Ecklund investigates this unexamined assumption in the first systematic study of what scientists actually think and feel about religion. In the course of her research, Ecklund surveyed nearly 1,700 scientists and interviewed 275 of them. She finds that most of what we believe about the faith lives of elite scientists is wrong. Nearly 50 percent of them are religious. Many others are what she calls 'spiritual entrepreneurs, ' seeking creative ways to work with the tensions between science and faith outside the constraints of traditional religion. The book centers on vivid portraits of 10 representative men and women working in the natural and social sciences at top American research universities"--Page 2 of cover.
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This is a very important book for anyone concerned with the place of science in a pluralistic and democratic society. ... For religion scholars, there is awealth of material in this book to ponder, Read more...

 
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