Can science and religious belief co-exist? Many people- including many practicing scientists-insist that one can simultaneously follow the principles of the scientific method and believe in a particular spiritual tradition. But throughout history there have been people for whom science challenged the very validity of religious belief. Whether called atheists, agnostics, skeptics, or infidels, these individuals used the naturalism of modern science to deny the existence of any supernatural power. Science and Nonbelief chronicles, in a balanced and accessible way, the long history of the battle between adherents of religious doctrines and the nonbelievers who adhere to the naturalism of modern science. Science and Nonbelief provides a nontechnical introduction to the leading questions that concern science and religion today: What place does evolution hold in the arguments of nonbelievers? What does modern physics tell us about the place of humanity in the natural world? How do modern neurosciences challenge traditional beliefs about mind and matter? What can scientific research about religion tell us about the nature of belief?
How do skeptics react to claims at the fringes of science, such as UFOs and psychics? The volume also addresses the political context of debates over science and nonbelief, as well as questions about the nature of morality. It includes a selection of provocative primary source documents that illustrate the complexity and varieties of nonbelief.
TANER EDIS is associate professor of Physics at Truman State University. While primarily a theoretical physicist, he has also written numerous articles on the secularist tradition in science. He is the author of The Ghost In the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science (2002) and co-editor of Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism (2004).
Science, Philosophy and Religious Doubt Philosophers, Doubting and Devout The Old Science and the Old Faith The European Enlightenment Non-Belief Comes of Age Science and Non-Belief Today Scientific Naturalism An Accidential World Why Physics is Hard The Nature of Modern Physics The Burden of Proof God in the Cracks of Causality Quantum Mysticism Cosmic Harmonies Fine-Tuning the Universe A Moment of Creation? Physics and Naturalism Darwinian Creativity Achieving Complexity The Physics of Evolution Evolution and Religion Old Fashion Creationism Intelligent Design Creation Through Evolution Universal Darwinism Minds Without Souls Mind and Matter Cartesian Dualism Machines Who Think Genes and Memes The Conscious Brain Qualia and Subjectivity Mind Over Matter The God Module Parts and Wholes Non-Belief Adapts to Brain Science The Fringes of Science Ultimate Explanations Miracles and Rejected Knowledge Scripture as Miracle From Spiritualism to New Age Skiptics vs. Psychics Mircles in the Laboratory UFO's and Aliens Direct Experience of the Paranormal? Paranormal Skepticism and Non-Belief Explaining Religion Too Many Religions Religious Studies Rational Chioce Theory The Secularization Thesis Religion and Group Selection A Virus of the Mind The Religious Mind Explaining Theology and Non-Belief Morality and Politics More Than the Facts The State of Science The State of Non-Belief A Morality of Reason The Science of Morality Separate Spheres An Uneasy Alliance