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The Resource Faith versus fact : why science and religion are incompatible, Jerry A. Coyne

Faith versus fact : why science and religion are incompatible, Jerry A. Coyne

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Faith versus fact : why science and religion are incompatible
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Faith versus fact
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why science and religion are incompatible
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Jerry A. Coyne
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eng
Summary
The best-selling author of Why Evolution Is True discusses the negative role of religion in education, politics, medicine and social policy, explaining how religion cannot provide verifiable or responsible answers to world problems
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  • Coyne (Why Evolution Is True ), an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, defines his position perfectly clearly: “Religion is but a single brand of superstition..., but it is the most widespread and harmful form of superstition.” From this starting point, he describes the nature of scientific investigation, focusing on its reliance on evidence and the tentativeness of its conclusions, and contrasts it with religion’s reliance on faith. Religions, Coyne argues, “make explicit claims about reality,” which “must, like all claims about reality, be defended with a combination of evidence and reason.” He builds a strong case that no such evidence exists for the claims he describes, discussing ways in which religious doctrines have negatively affected public policy and scientific advances in areas such as vaccinations and stem cell research. Though interesting, Coyne’s overarching conclusion—that science and religion must be incompatible—is not persuasively articulated on a number of grounds, and he suffers from the same kinds of poor sociological thinking as his “New Atheist” peers, mistaking problems of politics for those of religious belief. By equating virtually all religious believers with fundamentalists, Coyne draws far too narrow a picture of religion, demonstrating science’s incompatibility with one part of the religious spectrum but not across all of it. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 23, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 12, p)
  • A scientist assails superstition and irrationality.After evolutionary biologist Coyne (Ecology and Evolution/Univ. of Chicago; Why Evolution Is True, 2009, etc.) published a widely read book presenting evidence for evolution, he was astonished to find that "the proportion of creationists in America didn't budge," hovering between 40 and 46 percent. Faith, he concluded, "led them to discount and reject the facts right before their noses." In his latest book, the author takes on the problem of faith directly, arguing that "understanding reality…is best achieved using the tools of science, and is never achieved using the methods of faith." Although he makes a clear and cogent argument, he may find that, once again, he is preaching to his own choir. Coyne defines science "as a collection of methods" yielding knowledge that can be rejected or confirmed through testing. Religion derives its authority from belief in "a god, gods, or similar superhuman power." Coyne focuses on religions "that make empirical claims about the existence of a deity, the nature of that deity, and how it interacts with the world," in particular Judaism, Islam, and especially Christianity. Discounting the efforts of accommodationists, who strive to find common ground between science and religion, Coyne asserts that the two are incompatible "because they have different methods of getting knowledge about reality, different ways of assessing the reliability of that knowledge, and, in the end, arrive at conflicting conclusions about the universe." He notes that evolutionary biology is a special focus of incredulity or outright attack by the faithful, but he sees that other areas as well—e.g., stem cell research, vaccination, euthanasia, homosexuality, and global warming—have been undermined by religious claims. Coyne celebrates a world without faith, claiming that there would be no loss of compassion and morality, only of pseudoscientific thought that can "do real damage to our species and our planet." Deeply religious readers may not even pick it up, but this is an important book that deserves an open-minded readership.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2015)
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Coyne, Jerry A.
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201/.65
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non fiction
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why science and religion are incompatible
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Faith versus fact : why science and religion are incompatible, Jerry A. Coyne
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The problem -- What's incompatible?. What is science? ; What is religion? ; The incompatibility ; Conflicts of method ; Conflicts of outcome ; Conflicts of philosophy -- Why accommodationism fails. The varieties of accommodationism ; Science versus the supernatural ; What about miracles? ; Three test cases ; Was the evolution of humans inevitable? ; Theological problems with theistic evolution -- Faith strikes back. The new natural theology ; Is science the only "way of knowing"? ; The scientism canard -- Why does it matter?. Child abuse : faith as substitute for medicine ; Suppression of research and vaccination ; Opposition to assisted dying ; Global-warming denialism ; Does faith have any value? ; Can there be dialogue between science and faith?
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1090893
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24 cm
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xxii, 311 pages
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9780670026531
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(Hardcover)
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2015001103
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  • (Sirsi) i9780670026531
  • (OCoLC)892041493
Label
Faith versus fact : why science and religion are incompatible, Jerry A. Coyne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The problem -- What's incompatible?. What is science? ; What is religion? ; The incompatibility ; Conflicts of method ; Conflicts of outcome ; Conflicts of philosophy -- Why accommodationism fails. The varieties of accommodationism ; Science versus the supernatural ; What about miracles? ; Three test cases ; Was the evolution of humans inevitable? ; Theological problems with theistic evolution -- Faith strikes back. The new natural theology ; Is science the only "way of knowing"? ; The scientism canard -- Why does it matter?. Child abuse : faith as substitute for medicine ; Suppression of research and vaccination ; Opposition to assisted dying ; Global-warming denialism ; Does faith have any value? ; Can there be dialogue between science and faith?
Control code
1090893
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxii, 311 pages
Isbn
9780670026531
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2015001103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670026531
  • (OCoLC)892041493

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