Morals Not Knowledge

Morals Not Knowledge

Recasting the Contemporary U.S. Conflict Between Religion and Science

eBook - 2018
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"Academics have long claimed that the relationship between religion and science concerns knowledge of the physical world, and that conflict ensues because religion has one way of knowing and science another. For example, it is claimed that to find the age of the Earth religious people look to holy scripture and scientists look at the age of rocks. This book shows that this is indeed true among the elites who focus on this debate. However, contrary to the assumptions of elites and public discourse in general, that same relationship and conflict does not exist between religious citizens and science. This book shows that regular religious people in the U.S. are at most in conflict over a few fact claims with science, and that this limited conflict does not lead to conflict with scientific claims writ large. More importantly, American religion has changed since the 1960s, de-emphasizing knowledge claims about the physical world, and becoming more focused on social relationships and thus morality. This book shows that any religion and science debate in the public is not about scientific claims about nature, such as the age of the Earth, but rather about morality - and opposition to the morality implicitly promoted by scientists"--Provided by publisher
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018] (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
ISBN: 9780520969780
0520969782
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 228 pages )
Additional Contributors: Project Muse
Alternative Title: Project Muse

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