At a time when conservative politicians challenge the irrefutability of scientific findings such as climate change, it is now more important than ever to understand the conflict at the heart of the “religion vs. science” debates unfolding in the public sphere. In this groundbreaking work, John H. Evans discovers, with a few limited exceptions, that even the most conservative religious Americans accept science’s ability to make factual claims about the world. However, it is the morality implicitly promoted by some forms of science where many religious people take issue. Through clear and engaging scholarship, Evans upends the prevailing notion that there is a fundamental conflict over the way that scientists and religious people perceive nature, and argues that only with a proper understanding of what is at stake in the relationship between contemporary religion and science will we be able contribute to a more productive interaction between these two great institutions.
John H. Evans is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego.