, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 425-426

Flights of fancy

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At the beginning of this book, Fuller states that its thesis can be summarized in one sentence: “the art of living scientifically involves taking theology much more seriously than either practicing scientists or religious believers are inclined to do” (1). Indeed, “our continuing faith in science in the face of its actual history is best understood as the secular residue of a religiously inspired belief in Divine Providence” (1). The history that Fuller has in mind consists of the usual list of episodes in which products of science were either deliberately used for human harm or potentially threaten the survival of Homo sapiens. For instance, “There would be no… mass extinctions [among a litany of evils]… without many of the most advanced natural and social sciences” (5). (One looks forward to Fuller’s account of science as practiced in the Permian era at the end of which the largest mass extinction took place some 250 million years ago.) Fuller seems to take it for granted that these