THE WORLDS OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION by Don Cupitt

THE WORLDS OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A readable overview of topics in the religion-and-science field which seeks more to provide interesting material for discussion than to advance an original thesis. The result is a stimulating text that, however, pursues few points to any sort of satisfying conclusion. Cupitt, a Dean at Cambridge, suggests that science poses few direct problems for most religions but that it has represented a major challenge to Christian faith. This is because Christians have been unique in striving to develop a comprehensive theological world-picture, a rationally defensible cosmology. But over the centuries this system, with God as explanatory keystone, has had to yield more and more ground--in accounting for natural phenomena, human behavior, historical facts--to critical-empirical approaches. And Cupitt Chiefly explores points of both real and apparent conflict between the worlds of science and theology--creation vs. evolution, freedom vs. determinism, ritual vs. technology, mystery vs. objectivity. Such debate can help determine which questions are genuinely religious, and which scientific. Many ideas, little follow-through.

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1976
Publisher: Hawthorn