chapter  7
11 Pages

Robert B. Griffiths

Scientific reduction Adversary or ally?

It is widely believed in debates on science and religion that scientific reduction, meaning the explanation of complex phenomena in terms of simpler components, is a threat to religious belief and a support for the materialist view of the world which claims that matter is all there is, and that nothing else is needed in order to understand the universe. The purpose of this essay is to call that belief into question.