Many people today believe that science has replaced religion as the best way of explaining everything we might like to know about the universe and about humans. This ebook explores the nature and limitations of science, summarises the debate between science and religion, examines the nature of the conflict between them, and looks at recent attempts to reconcile the two ways of looking at reality. More
Many people today believe that science has replaced religion as the best way of explaining everything we might like to know about the universe and about humans. But that belief assumes many things about both science and religion, how they operate, and what their limits are, which may simply not be true. This ebook outlines the nature of the modern worldview (which includes humanism, materialism and naturalism) and how that has shaped popular ideas about what is truth, what counts as evidence, and how we decide between competing truth claims. It sketches out how the debate between science and religion plays out in terms of the origin and nature of the universe and of life, and the difficulties some people have in accepting that there can be supernatural (spiritual) as well as natural (physical) reality. It then explores the nature and limitations of science as an intellectual pursuit, including Richard Dawkins' insistence that the existence of God is a scientific question. The book rounds off by looking at the nature of the conflict between science and religion, and at recent attempts to reconcile them, including looking at what some prominent scientists who also believe in God have to say about the matter.
I am a retired academic with more than 30 years experience in university teaching, research and senior management in the UK. These days I enjoy spending time reading, writing, walking and travelling, but not all at the same time!
This series of ebooks explores the most commonly talked-about themes relating to belief in God today. It is designed to encourage informed conversations rather than to persuade readers to adopt or reject any particular religious beliefs.