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Reality: a New Correlation of Science and Religion

Nature volume 119, pages 273274 (19 February 1927) | Download Citation



THE old apologetic for religion used to treat it, and its evidences, as if it were a branch of natural or historical science. Its truth depended on the accuracy of its cosmogony, the historicity of its mythology, and so on. All this is now recognised to be beside the point. Science and religion are regarded as two complementary methods by which different aspects of reality can be apprehended. Any satisfactory correlation of science and religion must supply a theory of the mutual relations of these two methods of approaching reality. So far as men of science are concerned, they may be said of recent years to have examined their own methods and subject matter pretty thoroughly. On the side of religion, too, a good deal has been done by philosophers such as Prof. Hbffding, Prof. Alexander, and others. But we still await the promulgation of a satisfactory philosophy of religion by a theologian. The book before us makes a genuine and sincere attempt to supply this want.

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