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Seeking Good Debate: "Religion, Science, and Conflict in American Public Life"

Michael S. Evans


Why do religion and science often appear in conflict in America's public sphere? This book examines the results from the first-ever study to combine large-scale empirical analysis of some of our foremost religion and science debates with in-depth research into what Americans actually want in the public sphere. The surprising finding is that apparent conflicts involving religion and science reflect a more fundamental conflict between media elites and ordinary Americans over what is good debate. For elite representatives, good debate advances an agenda, but, as the book shows, for many Americans ... More

Keywords: religion, science, conflicts, debate, American democracy, public sphere

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520285071
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael S. Evans, author
Dartmouth College