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Religion after Science
The Cultural Consequences of Religious Immaturity

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society

  • Date Published: October 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108713078

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  • In this provocative work, J. L. Schellenberg addresses those who, influenced by science, take a negative view of religion, thinking of it as outmoded if not decadent. He promotes the view that transcendently oriented religion is developmentally immature, showing the consilience of scientific thinking about deep time with his view. From this unique perspective, he responds to a number of influential cultural factors commonly thought to spell ill for religion, showing the changes - changes favorable to religion - that are now called for in how we understand them and their proper impact. Finally, he provides a defense for a new and attractive religious humanism that benefits from, rather than being hindered by, religious immaturity. In Schellenberg's view, religion can and should become a human project as monumental as science.

    • Develops a whole new way of thinking about science and religion
    • Explores exciting aspects of science generally absent from the 'science and religion' debate
    • Written in engaging, lively, accessible prose for a wide audience beyond academia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A lovely book. Schellenberg makes the case that, contrary to common opinion, religion is still in a primitive stage, far from being baroquely overdeveloped. Only with time can it come into its own. As an old-fashioned non-believer, I am excited by the tussle we shall have, until one stands triumphant over the other. Read it yourself and join in the fun.' Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University

    'Religion after Science challenges the stance held by evangelicals and atheists alike, who often assume they know the 'last word' on religious matters. What if they are both wrong, asks Schellenberg, and these are actually humankind's first, tentative words? Schellenberg is a prophet unlike any that have come before. In this highly original book, he demonstrates how the simple idea that deep time extends into the future, as well as the past, has startling consequences for today's religious debates, with the capacity to transform all of our certainties and doubts alike.' Mark Harris, University of Edinburgh

    'An impressively thoughtful and stimulating reflection on the possible future of religion, which deserves the attention of humanists and religious believers alike.' Keith Ward, Canon Professor, Christ Church Oxford

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108713078
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.24kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue: the 10,000-year test
    1. Development and the divine
    2. The end is not near
    3. Big ambitions
    4. A poor record
    5. Verdict: immature not doomed
    6. A new path for science and religion
    7. The new agnosticism
    8. Naturalism tamed
    9. Agnostic religion?
    10. The new humanism
    Epilogue: the religion project.

  • Author

    J. L. Schellenberg, Mount St Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    J. L. Schellenberg is Professor of Philosophy at Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia. His work was honored by a special issue of the Cambridge journal Religious Studies in 2013.

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