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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (891 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bertrand Russell Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781615730469
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“New truth is often uncomfortable,” Bertrand Russell wrote, “but it is the most important achievement of our species.” In Religion and Science (1961), his popular polemic against religious dogma, he covers the ground from demonology to quantum physics, yet concedes that science cannot touch the profound feelings of personal religious experience.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daddio | 2/15/2014

    " The "original" and still the Greatest!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lage von Dissen | 1/30/2014

    " I am largely interested in science, religion, philosophy, and world issues -- and Russell does a decent job exposing some of the conflicts we've seen in the history of religion and science as they've co-developed over time. The political manipulation and influence of the Judeo-Christian religions were threatened as science began to "explain the unexplainable" and give priority to using reason, intellect, and the scientific method in order to explain phenomena in the world around them. This caused a huge clash with religious leaders of the time and still does today. Russell goes into some detail regarding this relationship and conflict. I liked this book overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abasi | 1/10/2014

    " I think I should have read, as opposed to listen to, this book, as it was hard to follow auditorially. There were some weird tangents about psychology and solipsism. Not really what I thought it would be about. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Wiswell | 12/25/2013

    " Religion is bad, science is good and cherrypicking is fun. Even if I share some of Russell's biases, this felt like a pseudo-history lesson at best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/22/2013

    " This one took a while to get going for me. I didn't pay much attention to it until the last 3 chapters, but I really enjoyed what he had to say at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Owen Gaines | 7/28/2013

    " My favorite section was on morality and ethics. Some very clear thoughts on such a murky topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Comstock | 5/17/2013

    " Interesting details about the historical clashes between science and religion. I found parts wordy and a little too 'philisophical' for my tastes. And the narrator was sort of irritating to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettie | 4/6/2013

    " Those that are fully cognisant with all that is 'bettie' will know that there is not much here to dispute but this of course leaves no room to laud teh Bertrand and lauding is needed. Brevity rules in this exposition even though all is addressed to my satisfaction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 3/22/2013

    " A good history documenting religion's conflicts with science. Nothing particularly unique that hasn't been said elsewhere, however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 3/19/2013

    " One of the few disappointments I've had with Russell. This slim book didn't hold up to expectations. Although, perhaps he had other reasons for coming off so milquetoast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bimus | 5/19/2012

    " A little old fashioned .. slightly interesting. I'd give it a 3.5 but I like to round up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent Russo | 7/13/2011

    " Shows a distinct line between religion and science and why they cannot and should not be married. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bimus | 6/22/2011

    " A little old fashioned .. slightly interesting. I'd give it a 3.5 but I like to round up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/12/2011

    " This one took a while to get going for me. I didn't pay much attention to it until the last 3 chapters, but I really enjoyed what he had to say at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vincent | 4/17/2010

    " Shows a distinct line between religion and science and why they cannot and should not be married. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abasi | 10/13/2009

    " I think I should have read, as opposed to listen to, this book, as it was hard to follow auditorially. There were some weird tangents about psychology and solipsism. Not really what I thought it would be about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daddio | 8/15/2009

    " The "original" and still the Greatest!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 5/15/2008

    " Religion is bad, science is good and cherrypicking is fun. Even if I share some of Russell's biases, this felt like a pseudo-history lesson at best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 EP | 3/16/2008

    " "New truth is often uncomfortable, especially to the holders of power"

    Very fast read. Book had some good examples of scientific advances clashing with biblical interpretations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 9/17/2007

    " An interesting read about the roles of science and religion. Still unsure of the overall impact. "

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About the Author
Author Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell (1872-1970) was an English philosopher, logician, mathematician, social critic, and historian. He is remembered as being a leader in the British revolt against idealism, as well as a founding father of the field of analytic philosophy. He was also well known for his very public anti-war and anti-imperialist stances.
About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.