Morals not knowledge : recasting the contemporary U.S. conflict between religion and science / John H. Evans.Material type: BookPublisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, Copyright date: ©2018Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0520969782; 9780520969780.Subject(s): 1900-1999 | Ethics -- Social aspects | Religion and science -- United States -- 20th century | Ethics -- Social aspects | Humanities | Religion and beliefs | Religion and science | RELIGION -- Religion & Science | Religion: general | Society and social sciences Society and social sciences | Sociology and anthropology | Sociology | United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Morals not knowledge.DDC classification: 201/.650973 Online resources: Digital version
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction -- The religion and science advocates in the academic debate -- The academic analysts of the relationship between religion and science -- Recent transformation of elite academic and public debates -- Existing research on the public -- Empirical tests of knowledge and belief conflict for the religious public -- Empirical tests of moral conflict for the religious public -- Conclusion.
"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.
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