Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues

Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues

Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues

Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues


From the heliocentric controversy and evolution, to debates on biotechnology and the environment, this book offers a balanced introduction to the key issues in science and religion.

  • A balanced, introductory textbook which fully spans the interface between science and religion, and includes illustrations of scientific concepts throughout
  • Explores key historical issues, including the heliocentric controversy, and evolution, but also topics of current importance, such as biotechnology and environmental issues
  • Appendices include a wide range of biblical readings; excerpts from early philosophers, theologians and scientists, including Aristotle, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Galileo, Newton, and Darwin; and short works from twentieth and twenty-first century scientists and theologians
  • Accessibly structured in to sections covering cosmology, evolution, and ethics in a scientific age
  • Provides significant coverage of scientific information and balanced explanations of the key debates for introductory students


I was born and raised Catholic. I went to school and studied science, obtaining my Ph.D. in genetics. I joined the biology faculty at Florida Southern College, a United Methodist affiliated school. In recent years, I have explored the interplay and the relationship between science and religion, fascinated by the range of views in this interdisciplinary venture. I am the co-director for the Florida Center for Science and Religion, which was established through a grant from the Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science, itself funded by the Templeton Foundation. And I team-teach a course on science and religion. I am not a theologian. I am not a philosopher.

I found, through my teaching and research, that there are many good books addressing various aspects of science and religion. Notably, Ian Barbour and John Haught have written excellent guides for those interested in learning about the basic issues and views in the field. But none of these books addressed everything that I felt needed to be covered in an introductory course on science and religion. So, like any good academic, I decided to write one myself. In this venture, I hoped to accomplish several things.

First of all, I wanted basic coverage of the topics at the forefront of the dialogue. This includes methodology, cosmology, evolution, and ethical concerns. Throughout all, I also wanted to include some historical perspective, to help the reader understand how we got to where we are today.

Second, I wanted this book to be accessible to everyone. I didn’t want to write a book on science for the theologian, or a book on theology for the scientist. I wanted a book that would provide an introduction to both fields, a book that someone interested in the dialogue but not very knowledgeable in one or both disciplines could have as a guide and resource. I hope this book will help faculty to feel comfortable teaching a course in science and religion, and students to explore questions from both perspectives. To accomplish this, I focus on addressing the science in more detail and presenting the theological concepts in a more basic fashion than other books in the field. My biggest disappointment in the science and religion books with which I am familiar is the lack of detail they provide with regard to science. Science has become a visual field: illustrations are essential in trying to understand topics and are included where appropriate. Theological ideas are often very difficult to grasp for those new to the field, so I have . . .

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