Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible

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Penguin, 2015 - Religion - 311 pages
We are living today in a genuinely frightening scenario- religion and science are engaged in a kind of war- a war for understanding, a war about whether we should have good reasons for what we accept as true. The sheer fact that over half of Americans don't believe in evolution (to say nothing of the number of Congressmen who don't believe in climate change) and the resurgence of religious prejudices and strictures as factors in politics, education, medicine, and social policy make the need for this book urgent.
Religion and science compete in many ways to describe reality - they both make "existence claims" about what is real - but they use different tools to meet this goal. In his elegant, provocative, and direct argument, leading evolutionary biologist and bestselling author Jerry Coyne lays out in clear, patient, dispassionate details why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion - including faith, dogma and revelation - is unreliable and leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions. Indeed, by relying on faith, religion renders itself incapable of finding truth.
%%%We are living today in a genuinely frightening scenario- religion and science are engaged in a kind of war- a war for understanding, a war about whether we should have good reasons for what we accept as true. The sheer fact that over half of Americans don't believe in evolution (to say nothing of the number of Congressmen who don't believe in climate change) and the resurgence of religious prejudices and strictures as factors in politics, education, medicine, and social policy make the need for this book urgent.



Religion and science compete in many ways to describe reality - they both make "existence claims" about what is real - but they use different tools to meet this goal. In his elegant, provocative, and direct argument, leading evolutionary biologist and bestselling author Jerry Coyne lays out in clear, patient, dispassionate details why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion - including faith, dogma and revelation - is unreliable and leads to incorrect, untestable, or conflicting conclusions. Indeed, by relying on faith, religion renders itself incapable of finding truth.
 

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Jerry A. Coyne is an emeritus professor of biology at the University of Chicago. He is also a fairly militant atheist. His latest book, Faith vs. Fact, argues that religion and science are completely ... Read full review

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In the beginning of his book, I wasn't sure if Coyne would make his case, but he did, and in spades. I doubt he'll change many minds (he examines the incredulous ability for people to cling to faith ... Read full review

Contents

Preface The Genesis of This Book
1
cHApte R 2
26
cHAPTER 3
97
Faith Strikes Back
151
CHAPTER 5
203
Why Does It Matter?
225
Acknowledgments
265
References
281
Index
297
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Jerry A. Coyne is professor emeritus at the University of Chicago in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, where he specialized in evolutionary genetics. His New York Times bestseller, Why Evolution Is True, was one of Newsweek's "50 Books for Our Times" in 2010.

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