By Thomas Dixon
The controversy among technological know-how and faith is rarely out of the scoop: feelings run excessive, fuelled through polemical bestsellers just like the God myth and, on the different finish of the spectrum, high-profile campaigns to educate "Intelligent Design" in faculties. but there's even more to the controversy than the conflict of those extremes. As Thomas Dixon indicates during this balanced and thought-provoking advent, an entire variety of perspectives, sophisticated arguments, and engaging views are available in this complicated and centuries-old topic. He explores the most important philosophical questions that underlie the controversy, but additionally highlights the social, political, and moral contexts that experience made the tensions among technological know-how and faith this type of fraught and fascinating subject within the smooth international. Dixon emphasizes how the fashionable clash among evolution and creationism is quintessentially an American phenomenon, coming up from the tradition and historical past of the us, as exemplified throughout the ongoing debates approximately the right way to interpret the First-Amendment's separation of church and kingdom. alongside the best way, he examines landmark ancient episodes akin to the Galileo affair, Charles Darwin's personal non secular and medical odyssey, the Scopes "Monkey Trial" in Tennessee in 1925, and the Dover region university Board case of 2005, and contains views from non-Christian religions and examples from around the actual, organic, and social sciences.
A wealthy introductory text...on the examine of family of technology and faith. R. P. Whaite, Metascience
A marvellous ebook that are meant to be required analyzing for dogmatic fundamentalists of each persuasion. Patricia Fara, British magazine for the background of technology
Dixon exhibits nice ability in composing a publication which mixes coherence and readability with a powerful ahead momentum... The reader don't need to hesitate. Michael Fuller, The Expository occasions Bracing initiation Observer.
The dating among technology and faith, prior and current, is way extra different and extra attention-grabbing than the preferred comic strip of clash. Thomas Dixon supplies us the richer photo, and he does it with readability and verve. this can be a fantastic advent to a desirable topic. Peter Lipton. collage of Cambridge
Thomas Dixon has made a pleasant contribution to this OUP sequence of Very brief Introductions. Church Times