These Gifford Lectures for 1995-1996 place the issue of the title within the grasp of us all by presenting it in historical terms, relating dramatic instances of engagement -- whether friendly, hostile, or tentative -- between what Lord Gifford called ''natural theology'' and modern science. We have featured John Brooke's Science and Religion
for years as a basic primer on the relations between the two, and this more recent book extends the discussion through brisk narrative and fascinating anecdote, in order to explore concrete examples -- Newton, Galileo, Darwin, and a host of others equally fascinating but more obscure -- rather than theoretical speculation.
An Eighth Day View:
This book, first published in the U.K. by T&T Clark, expands on the authors' prestigious Glasgow Gifford Lectures of 1995-6. Brooke and Cantor herein examine the many different ways in which the relationship between science and religion has been presented throughout history. They contend that, in fact, neither science nor religion is reducible to some timeless "essence" -- and they deftly criticize the various master-narratives that have been put forward in support of such "essentialist" theses.