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Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction

AuthorThomas Dixon

NarratorJan Boyd

Duration5h 16m

CategoriesChildren and Young Adult Non-Fiction and Educational Titles, Religious Education

Key StageKS3

PublisherInhouse

VersionUnabridged

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The debate between science and religion is never out of the news: emotions run high, fuelled by polemical bestsellers like 'The God Delusion' and, at the other end of the spectrum, high-profile campaigns to teach 'Intelligent Design' in schools. Yet there is much more to the debate than the clash of these extremes. As Thomas Dixon shows in this balanced and thought-provoking introduction, many have seen harmony rather than conflict between faith and science. He explores not only the key philosophical questions that underlie the debate, but also the social, political and ethical contexts that have made 'science and religion' such a fraught and interesting topic in the modern world, offering perspectives from non-Christian religions and examples from across the physical, biological and social sciences. Along the way, he examines landmark historical episodes such as the trial of Galileo by the Inquisition in 1633, and the famous debate between 'Darwin's bulldog' Thomas Huxley and Bishop Wilberforce in Oxford in 1860. The Scopes 'Monkey Trial' in Tennessee in 1925 and the Dover Area School Board case of 2005 are explained with reference to the interaction between religion, law and education in modern America.

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