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Gods and Men


SIR RICHARD GREGORY and I have grown old togetherr ; his memory and mine go back to the days where religion and science were in open conflict and when Huxley was assuring his hearers that the more the methods of science took hold of mankind the less would be its belief in supernatural powers and influences. Sir Richard was a pupil of Huxley ; no one is better qualified than he to bear testimony as to how the conflict has gone in the last sixty years. For forty-five of these years he was editor of Nature —a position which entails an intimate knowledge of all branches of science and of the bearing of scientific knowledge on every form of human activity. In “Gods and Men” he states, objectively and dispassionately, the relationship which does exist, as well as the relationship which ought to exist, between science and religion. He does not share my fear that the present truce is an uneasy one ; the opposite—he is of opinion that the conflict is a thing of the past and that the future must see an active collaboration of science and religion if mankind is to prosper.

Gods and Men

A Testimony of Science and Religion. By Sir Richard Gregory. Pp. viii + 214 + 8 plates (London : Stuart and Richards, 1949.) 12s. 6d. net.

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KEITH, A. Gods and Men. Nature 163, 856–857 (1949).

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