This collection offers new perspectives on the study of science and religion, bringing together articles that highlight the differences between epistemological systems and call into question the dominant narrative of modern science. The volume provides historical context for the contemporary discourse around religion and science, detailing the emergence of modern science from earlier movements related to magic and other esoteric arts, the impact of the Reformation on science, and the dependence of Western science on the so-called Golden Age of Islam. In addition, contributors examine the impacts of Western science and colonialism on the ongoing theft of the biological resources of traditional and indigenous communities in the name of science and medicine. The volume’s multi-perspectival approach aims to refocus the terms of the conversation around science and religion, taking into consideration multiple rationalities outside of the dominant discourse.

chapter |9 pages


One Planet, Many Possibilities

part 1|54 pages

Science and Religion

part 2|73 pages

Cosmology, Creation and Boundary Questions

chapter 2|3 pages


chapter 4|17 pages

Contemporary Cosmology

chapter 5|11 pages

From Natural Theology to the New Atheism

Constructing the Link Between Modern Science and Unbelief 1

part 3|47 pages

East Meets West

chapter 3|3 pages


chapter 10|15 pages

Chinese Medicine

Health and Balance for the Whole Person

chapter 11|12 pages

Ayurveda and Early Indian Medicine

part 4|45 pages

Understanding Relationality

chapter 4|3 pages


chapter 13|12 pages

Relational Health

Animists, Shamans and the Practice of Well-Being

chapter 14|16 pages

Religious Power and Knowledge

Questions Raised on the Presuppositions of “Perspectivism” Among Indigenous Peoples

part 5|59 pages

Ethics and Technology

chapter |7 pages