RECONSTRUCTING NATURE
The Engagement of Science and Religion

JOHN HEDLEY BROOKE and GEOFFREY CANTOR
386pp ILLUS 2000 OUT OF PRINT (P) P571

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This book expands on the authors' prestigious Glasgow Gifford Lectures of 1995-6. Brooke and Cantor examine the many different ways in which the relationship between science and religion has been presented throughout history. They contend that, in fact, neither science nor religion is reducible to some timeless 'essence' -- and deftly criticise the various master-narratives put forward in support of such 'essentialist' theses. Along the way, they demolish the clichés so typical of popular histories of the science and religion debate, demonstrating the impossibility of reducing these debates to a single narrative, or of narrowing this relationship to a paradigm of conflict.