Science and Religion

William Sims Bainbridge

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Science and Religion


The relationship between religion and science was a prominent theme in the formative period of sociology as a discipline. This article examines recent attempts by scientists and religious scholars to delineate the potential for a relationship between the two in the vastly different context of modern society, and what kind of relationship might be a fitting one. While maintaining that there are strong grounds for thinking that the relationship will inevitably be hostile – regardless of whether the type of religion in question is fundamentalist, conservative, or liberal – the discussion notes that recent research has identified a tendency among the young to believe that an accommodation between the two is a possibility.

Keywords: sociology; modern society; science–religion relation; mutual hostility; fundamentalism

Article.  6830 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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