A book of essays exploring ways society could change once it incorporates a variety of perspectives spanning religion and science was released in paperback in January. 

Reinventing Society with Philosophy, Religion and Science, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, came out in hard cover last February and was compiled by Neil Wollman, who had been professor of Psychology at Manchester University in Indiana for two decades. A member of the Institute for Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS), Wollman is co-founder and former co-director of the National Prevention Science Coalition, which works with Congress to promote evidence-based policy. The book was edited by Carolyn J. Love, who is the current president of IRAS and lecturer at Elmhurst University.

The three areas of emphasis are applied to education, social welfare, government, criminal justice and economy – offering an expansive view from a variety of academics active in the faith and science dialogue.  

“Given the complexity of our institutions and society, we need to call upon all the tools we can muster to improve our world. Philosophical, religious, and social scientific approaches to understanding human behavior and social institutions are quite different, but together they offer a comprehensive prescription for creating a well-functioning society,” the authors write in the book’s introduction.  The aptly ask what might society look like in relying on these valuable insights from these perspectives?

Wollman and Love describe the 425-page collection as the “best theories and principles of philosophy, religion, and social science to the real world.”

Susan Barreto
Susan Barreto

Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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