, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 431-434
Date: 09 Oct 2012

Making room for faith in science: the role of metaphors and reason

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Michael Ruse is considered one of the most prolific and influential authors in the study of the philosophical, religious and cultural impact of scientific theories. He is particularly well known for his studies on Darwin and evolution theory. They have had large diffusion among both specialists and the general public, and constitute a landmark on how to deal with the relationship between science and other human dimensions.

An important part of Ruse’s work is devoted to a very specific question: the possibility of reconciling religion with science and, in particular, with evolution. In this task, he has never adopted an abstract attitude; he always aims to give a practical answer. Can a Darwinian be a Christian? is a masterpiece in this regard.

Before this book, Ruse had never attempted to give any general insights on the relationship between science and religion. Science and Spirituality serves to cover this gap, offering a broad consideration of how to reconcile religion and science. He ...