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    DescriptionA thorough and hard-hitting critique that is a must read for anyone interested in the interaction between religion and science. It has become the prevalent view among sociologists, historians, and some theistic scientists that religion and science have never been in serious conflict. Some even claim that Christianity was responsible for the development of science. In a sweeping historical survey that begins with ancient Greek science and proceeds through the Renaissance and Enlightenment to contemporary advances in physics and cosmology, Stenger makes a convincing case that not only is this conclusion false, but Christianity actually held back the progress of science for one thousand years. It is significant, he notes, that the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century occurred only after the revolts against established ecclesiastic authorities in the Renaissance and Reformation opened up new avenues of thought. The author goes on to detail how religion and science are fundamentally incompatible in several areas: the origin of the universe and its physical parameters, the origin of complexity, holism versus reductionism, the nature of mind and consciousness, and the source of morality. In the end, Stenger is most troubled by the negative influence that organized religion often exerts on politics and society. He points out antiscientific attitudes embedded in popular religion that are being used to suppress scientific results on issues of global importance, such as overpopulation and environmental degradation. When religion fosters disrespect for science, it threatens the generations of humanity that will follow ours.


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    Title
    God and the Folly of Faith
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Victor J. Stenger
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 376
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781616145996
    ISBN 10: 1616145994
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T General Subject: 690
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25490
    Libri: I-RK
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: SOC039000
    Ingram Subject Code: RK
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    DC22: 201.65, 201/.65
    BISAC V2.8: REL004000, REL106000
    DC23: 201.65
    LC classification: BL240.3 .S737 2012
    Thema V1.0: QRM, PDX, QRAM3
    Publisher
    Prometheus Books
    Imprint name
    Prometheus Books
    Publication date
    24 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Amherst
    Author Information
    Victor J. Stenger (1935 - 2014) was an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado and emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii. He was the author of the" New York Times" bestseller "God: The Failed Hypothesis, God and the Atom, God and the Folly of Faith," " The Comprehensible Cosmos," and many other books. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    Praise for the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis: "I learned an enormous amount from this splendid book." -Richard Dawkins, author of the New York Times best-seller The God Delusion "Marshalling converging arguments from physics, astronomy, biology, and philosophy, Stenger has delivered a masterful blow in defense of reason. God: The Failed Hypothesis is a potent, readable, and well-timed assault upon religious delusion. It should be widely read." -Sam Harris, author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation "Extremely tough and impressive...a great book...a huge addition to the arsenal of argument." -Christopher Hitchens, author of the New York Times bestseller God Is Not Great