Science Vs. Religion

Front Cover
Polity, 2007 M10 8 - 179 pages
For centuries, science and religion have been portrayed as diametrically opposed. In this provocative new book, Steve Fuller examines the apparent clash between science and religion by focusing on the heated debates about evolution and intelligent design theory. In so doing, he claims that science vs. religion is in fact a false dichotomy. For Fuller, supposedly intellectual disputes, such as those between creationist and evolutionist accounts of life, often disguise other institutionally driven conflicts, such as the struggle between State and Church to be the source of legitimate authority in society.

Nowadays many conservative anti-science groups support intelligent design theory, but Fuller argues that the theory's theological roots are much more radical, based on the idea that humans were created to fathom the divine plan, perhaps even complete it. He goes on to examine the unique political circumstances in the United States that make the emergence of intelligent design theory so controversial, yet so persistent. Finally, he considers the long-term prognosis, arguing that the future remains very much undecided as society reopens the question of what it means to be human.

This book will appeal to all readers intrigued by the debates about creationism, intelligent design and evolution, especially those looking for an intellectually exciting confrontation with the politics and promise of intelligent design theory.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Historical Bases for the Problem
Ideological Dimensions of the Problem
Complexity as a Conceptual Battleground
America as a Legal Battleground
Life after Darwinism
The Larger Lessons

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 167 - Davies, P. (2006). The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the Universe Just Right for Life? London: Allen Lane.
Page 170 - Hacohen, M. (2000). Karl Popper: The Formative Years 1902—1945. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hahn, R. (2001). Anaximander and the Architects. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. Halliday, RJ (1968). "The Sociological Movement, the Sociological Society and the Growth of Academic Sociology," Sociological Review 16: 377—98.

References to this book

About the author (2007)

Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick

Bibliographic information