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Based on a five year journey to find out what religious Americans think about science, Ecklund and Scheitle tell the real story of the relationship between science and religion in the lives of ordinary citizens. It is a story that is more nuanced and complex than the media and pundits would lead us to believe. As the title of the book suggests, the way religious Americans approach science is shaped by two fundamental questions: What does science mean for the existence and activity of God? and what does science mean for the sacredness of humanity? How these questions play out as individual believers think about science both challenges stereotypes and highlights the real tensions between religion and science. As only good social science can, Religion Vs. Science adds depth and personality to a debate that has remained largely academic and abstract-and thus divorced from the lived experience of real people in the pews.
By:   Elaine Howard Ecklund (Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences Professor of Sociology Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences Professor of Sociology Rice University), Christopher P. Scheitle (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Assistant Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   462g
ISBN:   9780190650629
ISBN 10:   0190650621
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   02 January 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Elaine Howard Ecklund is Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Christopher P. Scheitle is Assistant Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University.

Reviews for Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think

Religion vs. Science presents a nuanced picture of the American religious landscape. By showing that religious people generally like science, it provides an alternative to the bipolar maps of the past. By acknowledging the lingering tensions between science and faith, it suggests that the potential for conflict remains. * John Schmalzbauer, JSSR * Throughout the book, Ecklund and Sheitle are able to use nationally-representative survey data to give a broad overview of the views of religious Americans, while using quotations from in-depth interviews to explain and elaborate on their statistical findings. Their research methods are carefully outlined in multiple appendices, but the authors also discuss their statistical research in the main text in a way that is readily accessible. The authors do an admirable job of explaining how they are able to include other factors in their analyses, such as demographics, in order to understand if a difference between groups is due to religion or some other cause... Religion vs. Science provides a thorough and accessible overview of this topic in America and can serve as a springboard for further research on this topic. * Emily McKendry-Smith, Reading Religion * [B]y overturning stereotypes and providing a positive impetus toward better communication and cooperation, Religion vs. Science comes as highly recommended reading for anyone interested and everyone involved in the dialogue between science and religion. * David Andrew Gilland, JAAR * The book is a study of the replies to questionnaires which the authors compiled and a great number of interviews which they conducted ... It was clearly a very thorough study and the results are given in the book in the form of statistical tables and summaries of the interviews with representative individuals. * Christopher Moriarty, Irish Catholic * ... the authors dig deep into the numbers to interpret [the statistics], and enliven the text by many brief and revealing quotations from the people whom they interview - opinions that could form the basis for many a congregational discussion. * The Revd Adam Ford, Church Times * Religion vs Science is not simply a welcome and highly engaging contribuion to the contemporary debates about science and religious faith - it is also a powerful illustration of the way in which the social sciences can deepen our appreciation of how human beings hold together ideas originating from quite different sources. * Alister McGrath, the Catholic Herald * One of the things I found most rewarding about reading Religion vs. Science * David Andrew Gilland, Journal of the American Academy of Religion *

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