n Journal for Islamic Studies - The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science, James W. Haag, Gregory R. Petersen and Michael L. Spezio (Eds.) : book review

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7062



This volume, a highly recommended reference handbook, is a collection of fifty five essays by theologians, naturalists, scientists and philosophers. These essays are presented in three broad sections. The volume gives an insightful journey into the true relationship between matters 'scientific' (this term was first used in 1834) and religious. Hardly a view has been left out in this encyclopaedic reference work, which is accessible to scholars, students and laypersons, making this work enormously difficult to cover in a review, in its entirety. Thus I have chosen to focus on the relationship between the monotheistic faiths and science. Rather than discussing each individual contribution, I provide a synopsis of what the book has to offer on the varying relationships between science and Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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