Modern Science and Christian Beliefs

Modern Science and Christian Beliefs

Modern Science and Christian Beliefs

Modern Science and Christian Beliefs

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This book is an attempt to discuss the relation of modern science to the Christian Faith. I am only too well aware that the treatment of many profound questions raised in this book is open to the just criticism of superficiality and lack of philosophical precision or depth. To write a book which dealt with so many issues carefully, philosophically and thoroughly, in a manner satisfying to the professional student or expert, would necessitate a very large volume indeed. It would also require far greater knowledge and skill, both in science and in philosophy, than I possess. Yet it seems to me that there is some use in sketching out the field, even in an amateurish manner, and drawing at least preliminary attention to the variety of issues which arise. A marked tendency appears today to such an excessive and rigid specialization that no one dares to discuss the general aspects of a great subject over a wide field, for fear of being convicted of ignorance or error in the specialized details of a particular part of it. Moreover there is a place for a discussion of important questions for the amateur non-philosopher, even though such treatment may outrage the philosophical or scientific expert. Such a simple, general and preliminary treatment is all that is attempted here, and I am at least aware how many philosophical questions are ignored or brushed aside. But I trust that the book may give some general indication of the questions at issue, and of my own faith. I hope to show that science and Christianity need never be in hostility or conflict, even though inevitably the advances of science, and even the scientific discipline, method and manner of thought, do raise urgent problems for religion, which must be frequently and fearlessly discussed.

Having spent some seven years in scientific work in the laboratories of the Imperial College of Science and Technology . . .

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