The Realist Guide to Religion and Science by Paul Robinson
(556 pages, $35.00, paperback)
By and large, we no longer have universities in the West; we have "multiversities." Our institutions of higher education divide themselves into narrowly specialized fields of inquiry, all too often degenerating into insular, departmental fiefdoms. Meanwhile, true interdisciplinary study of nature, humanity, and God is rarely encouraged, and even when attempted, is rarely done well. Without a unifying theory of "how we can know the truth about reality" (i.e., epistemology), interdisciplinary study becomes a cacophony or, at best, a playground for intellectual dilettantes who merely "dip their toes" into several fields of inquiry at once, with no conceptual tools that might enable them to integrate the differing perspectives they encounter into a harmonious worldview, or to fashion a compelling and intellectually credible vision of reality as a whole.
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