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Truth and Tension in Science and Religion

by Varadaraja V. Raman
Truth and Tension in Science and Religion

With a Foreword by Jerome A. Stone

An examination of the frameworks of science and religion that provides a multi-cultural view of how they affect our perception of the truth.

“The Science/Religion dialogue has become quite vibrant over the last fifty years, but one could argue that it still suffers from three deficits: namely, the lack of a compelling overview, the lack of balance, and the lack of a senses of humor. All three of these needs are filled by Dr. Raman in this new book. With a sure hand he carries us to heights lofty enough to survey the entire field, both in its historical and current scope—not just from a Western viewpoint, but also with many trans-traditional notes. He also compensates for the unbalanced and all-too-frequent shrillness in the dialogue by gently pointing out both the foibles and strengths of both parties to the dialogue—and he is a great one to do it, with his formidable scientific background and his long appreciation of and participation in the religious impulse. And finally, the charming humor that pervades the book keeps the reader almost as well-grounded as Dr. Raman is. It is altogether a delightful and accurate and balanced overview of the field.”

—Michael Cavanaugh, past president of The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science

“Varadaraja V. Raman, scientist and scholar, presents issues in both science and religion competently, comprehensively, and congenially....A must-read for anybody who wants to find a way between the claims of the anti-religion scientists and the anti-science religious believers.”

—Helmut Reich, Ph. D., Professor, Rutherford University

“Professor Raman cherishes the dialogue between Science and Religion with aplomb and eclectic scholarship. He cautions us, with his deep humanism, against all streaks of rigidity or fundamentalism, whether in religions or in science. What he argues for is an openness of heart, mind and spirit. The human story, he tells us with disarming warmth, is much too grand to be narrated only from one perspective. This many splendored universe requires many mirrors and many lenses to be seen and perceived. Bravo, Prof. Raman!”

—Sehdev Kumar, Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Canada. Currently at the University of Toronto

“Written in elegant style with copious allusions to classical and modern literature, the vignettes in the chapters of the book explore various aspects providing valuable information and insight. It is a pleasure to read Professor Raman's prose and poetry.”

—S. Swaminathan, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Chaplain for Hinduism, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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$24.00 / paperback / 404 pages, includes bibliographical references and index /
Beech River Books / 2009 / ISBN 978-0-9793778-6-0 / 5-1/2 in. (w) by 8-1/2 in. (h)

V. V. Raman is a philosopher, physicist, and author of original work in each of these categories. Since the 1990s Professor Raman has been very involved with the emerging academic field of Science and Religion. In this field he has published papers in ZYGON: the international journal on Science and Religion, as well as in SCIENCE AND SPIRIT. He was elected the 2004-2005 METANEXUS Fellow on Science and Religion. He is an elected member of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. His web page is


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