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Thursday, May 21, 2009

On the Shelf

V.V. Raman, an emeritus professor of physics and humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a regular contributor to this blog, has written a new book, Truth and Tension in Science and Religion. It's a large work—more than 400 pages—but according to early reviews, it's worth the read for anyone seeking a multicultural overview of the science and religion dialogue.
As Michael Cavanaugh, past president of The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, notes:

With a sure hand he carries us to heights lofty enough to survey the entire field, both in its historical and current scope, not just from a Western viewpoint, but also with many trans-traditional notes. He also compensates for the unbalanced and all-too-frequent shrillness in the dialogue by gently pointing out both the foibles and strengths of both parties to the dialogue and he is a great one to do it, with his formidable scientific background and his long appreciation of and participation in the religious impulse. And finally, the charming humor that pervades the book keeps the reader almost as well-grounded as Dr. Raman is. It is altogether a delightful and accurate and balanced overview of the field.