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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Science, Religion and Culture focuses on “bringing together research and theoretical analysis from the physical, biological, and social sciences with ideas from philosophy, theology, and religious studies.” The journal explores “the unique relationship between science, religion, and culture…, welcome[ing] submissions from all perspectives and religious traditions—including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, secularism, humanism, and naturalism.” The editors seek manuscripts that especially focus on “the various ways modern science—including the disciplines of physics, cosmology, biology, psychology, neuroscience, mathematics, sociology, and anthropology—support, oppose, inform, or are informed by religious, theological, and cultural perspectives…, [with] additional focus … given to perspectives on science, religion, and culture from different geographical regions, cultures, religions, and historical epochs.” There are no publication charges, nor any other charges attached to this journal.
A quick look at the impressive Editorial Board reveals just how interdisciplinary this journal is. Board members belong to academic departments of Anthropology, Astronomy, Behavioral health, Biological sciences, Developmental science, Ecology, Emergency medicine, Ethics, Evolutionary biology, Human values, Humanities, Islamic studies, Jewish studies, Law, Logic, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Philosophy of religion, Philosophy of science, Physics, Psychology, Radiology, Religion, and Theology, mostly at colleges and universities in the United States, UK, and Canada.
The June 2015 Special Issue on Atheism, Secularity, and Science illustrates the range of material to be found in Science, Religion and Culture. Articles in the special issue include, “An Introduction to Atheism, Secularity, and Science,” “On (not) defining (non)religion,” “The NonReligious-NonSpiritual Scale (NRNSS): Measuring Everyone from Atheists to Zionists,” “Simple Markov Model for Estimating the Growth of Nonreligion in the United States,” and “When Rabbis Lose Faith: Twelve Rabbis Tell their Stories about their Loss of Belief in God,” among others. Three book reviews are included in this issue, as well, of: Trent Dougherty’s, The Problem of Animal Pain: A Theodicy for All Creatures Great and Small, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014; The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy, and Polemic after 9/11, Arthur Bradley & Andrew Tate, London and New York, NY: Continuum Publishing, 2010; and Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions by Phil Zuckerman, Penguin Press, 2014.
Science Religion and Culture is currently indexed by The Philosopher’s Index, Google Scholar, and Index Copernicus, and individuals can sign up for free electronic table of contents alerts about the journal at: http://smithandfranklin.com/journal-details/Science-Religion-and-Culture/9/free-etoc-alerts. The ethical and financial policies of the journal, detailing how Science, Religion and Culture meets its running expenses, are available here: http://smithandfranklin.com/contents/policy.
This is an extraordinarily well-conceived and well-put-together journal that will be of use and interest to humanists, scientists, and social scientists alike, and should be brought to the attention of scholars across the disciplines of the academy.