New Book Addresses to Long-Running Dispute of Science and Religion

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John R. Carpenter examines and gets to the bottom of the incongruity between the never-ending fracas of science vs. religion.

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Science and religion can co-exist. This is what John R. Carpenter puts forward in his new book. Titled The Way The World Works, the author seeks to reconcile these two purportedly opposing concepts maintaining that they are neither antithetical nor hostile to each other. He provides evidences that the existing controversies between science and religion do not have to end in “either-or,” but can often end in “both-and.”

An established man of science and a zealous believer of religion, Carpenter provides evidence that neither religion or science has rendered the other of little or no practical use. Rather, they are synergistic and mutually advantageous, that when joined together, produces an effect greater than the sum than what they emit independently.

This book deals with the areas in which science and religion are too often seen to be in conflict with each other. It is divided into two parts, each with three chapters. Part I is an examination of the Origins and Evolutions of the universe, while Part 2 probes into Man's Impact on His Environment. Each chapter opens with the science of the chapter topic taken from the Carpenter’s notes from the classes he taught at the University of South Carolina, where he is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geological and Environmental Science from 1966 to 2000. In the second part of each chapter, he presents his views on how the science and religious aspects of the chapter topic interact symbiotically. The discussion of the science/religious beliefs is followed with how 11 different religious factions—nine Christian sects, plus Judaism and Islam—view the science of each chapter topic.

A valuable volume that aims to dissect and settle the contrasting themes of science and religion to reunite them,
The Way The World Works makes clear to readers that these disparate bodies do have a common point for harmony.

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About the Author
John R. Carpenter was born in Galveston, Texas, and grew up in San Antonio. He received his BA in geology from Rice University in 1959 and his MS and PhD in geology and geochemistry from Florida State University in 1962 and 1964, respectively. After working briefly with the U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office, he accepted a teaching position at the University of South Carolina - Columbia in 1966. Carpenter retired in 2000 as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geological and Environmental Sciences. He has received numerous awards, including the Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (1988), the Charles H. Townes Award from the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (1994), and the Order of the Silver Crescent from the State of South Carolina (2000). The author is married to Charlene J. (Charlie) Caprenter. They now have three grown children and seven grand-children. The couple lives in Ballentine, SC. They are members of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Chapin, SC.

The Way The World Works * by John R. Carpenter
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Publication Date: May 8, 2013
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