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Science, Belief and Society – International Perspectives on Religion, Non-Religion and the Public Understanding of Science - Policy Press Scholarship Online
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Science, Belief and Society: International Perspectives on Religion, Non-Religion and the Public Understanding of Science

Stephen H. Jones, Tom Kaden, and Rebecca Catto


The relationship between science and belief has been a prominent subject of public debate for many years, one that has relevance to everything from science communication, health and education to immigration and national values. Yet, sociological analysis of these subjects remains surprisingly scarce. This wide-ranging book critically reviews the ways in which religious and nonreligious belief systems interact with scientific theories and practices. Contributors explore how, for some secularists, ‘science’ forms an important part of social identity. Others examine how many contemporary religiou ... More

Keywords: Science and religion, Nonreligion, Public understanding of science, Science communication, Science studies, Sociology of religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781529206944
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529206944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen H. Jones, editor
University of Birmingham

Tom Kaden, editor
University of Bayreuth

Rebecca Catto, editor
Kent State University

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Part I Methodological Challenges in the Study of Science and Belief

1 The Sociological Study of Science and Religion in Context

Fern Elsdon-Baker and Will Mason-Wilkes

Part II Belief in the Study of Science and Technology

Part III Science, Culture and Non-religion

Part IV Religion, Conflict and Moderation

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