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Two Realms and Their Relationships

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Science  29 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5441, pp. 907-908
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5441.907

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Rocks of Ages Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. Stephen Jay Gould. Library of Contemporary Thought (Ballantine), New York, 1999. 250 pp. $18.95, C$26.50. ISBN 0-345-43009-3.

Seduced by Science How American Religion Has Lost Its Way. Steven Goldberg. New York University Press, New York, 1999. 230 pp. $27.95. ISBN 0-8147-3104-X.

The Sacred Depths of Nature. Ursula Goodenough. Oxford University Press, New York, 1998. 219 pp. $24. ISBN 0-19-512613-6.

Three divergent perspectives on the relationship between science and religion. Gould argues that their domains are separate and non-overlapping. Goldberg highlights the disadvantages that have followed from religions speaking in the language of science. And Goodenough prefers a religious naturalism; she holds that an understanding of life can generate religious feelings in the absence of organized faiths.