, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 425–428 | Cite as

Science and religion at war about war

Michael Ruse: The problem of war: Darwinism, Christianity, and their battle to understand human conflict. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, xiv + 261 pp, $34.95 HB
  • Richard WeikartEmail author
Book Review

For a while, Michael Ruse has been offering a controversial answer to the question: Why is Darwinism so contentious? He replies, “The simple answer is that it goes against religion; in particular, it goes against the Christian religion” (212). This is debatable, because in recent decades, most historians of science have been stressing the many lines of accommodation between Darwinism and Christianity. Ruse, however, focuses in this work on the disagreements between Darwinists and Christians and overlooks and ignores many attempts that have been made to harmonize them.

Why are Darwinism and Christianity locked in combat? Here, Ruse becomes even more controversial, because even though he believes that Darwinian evolution is valid scientifically, he states, “I argue that there is a side to Darwinian thinking, what I refer to as Darwinism, that functions as a religion, or if you prefer, a secular religious perspective” (213).

Ruse chooses an interesting case study to test his...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryCalifornia State University, StanislausTurlockUSA

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