Science and Religion: Toward a More Useful Dialogue, vols. I and II

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Science and Religion: Toward a More Useful Dialogue, vols. I and II
Author Wilford M. Hess
Geneva, Il: Paladin House, 1979

Science and Religion: Toward a More Useful Dialogue, vols. I and II

Reviewer William E. Evenson

The two volumes of Science and Religion: Toward a More Useful Dialogue, the initial efforts of an intended series, are the first works on science and religion within a Letter-day Saint framework which deal substantially with the scientific questions of interest in religion. Some thirty competent LDS scientists, experts in their subject matter, explore some significant questions carefully and thoroughly in thirty-six different articles. In spite of some problems and disappointments, these volumes of Science and Religion far surpass in quality and value anything else presently published on this subject for a Mormon audience. They are an excellent source for the scientific background that is necessary for an intelligent discussion of questions about God's and man's relation to nature, and the relationship of scientific and religious methods of inquiry. Along with their strengths, Volumes I and II have serious weaknesses in defining the issues relating science to religion and in addressing the implication for religion of the scientific questions they discuss. The philosophical and theological background of these questions, along with additional scientific discussion, can best be found in such non-LDS books as Ian G. Barbour's Issues in Science and Religion (New York: Prentice Hall, 1966). It would be most interesting to address the religion side of science and religion from a uniquely Mormon perspective as carefully and thoughtfully as non-Mormons have done from their own perspective, taking modern science fully into account.

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