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Issues in Science and Religion: Issues in Science and Religion, by Ian G. Barbour
Reviews I 163 ent groups in a society. Those groups in society that have a high rate of growth will grow proportionately relative to those who have lower rate of growth. Growth of groups may come either from surplus of births over deaths, or from immigration and conversion. The latter is usually an unimportant source of growth. Emphasis on high birth rates is seen as a recipe for eventual political dominance. One sees this problem in such places as far apart as Guyana, Trinidad, Quebec, The Netherlands, South Africa, Fiji, and Ceylon, where in racially or culturally heterogeneous societies the fear of many groups of being "outbred" may condemn the whole society to competitive population expansion, with mutually disastrous results. Anti-natalist policies, especially for other people, must also come under moral scrutiny and Mr. Behan points out, "The way to keep barbarians away from the gates apparently is to slip them the 'pill,'" (p. 114). Still, in view of the fact that on any considerations the optimum birth rate must be below, and indeed far below the physiological limit, the burden of moral truth lies always on the pro-natalists. These essays deserve to be widely read, especially among the anti-natalists, because they do bring out some points which need to be kept in mind in this whole argument. It is a pity indeed that they are described as "non-Malthusian" because I am sure Malthus would have enjoyed them and would have approved of a lot of it. He was, after all, a Christian minister and no inconsiderable moral theologian, and it is a little unfair to saddle him with the excesses of some of his followers. However, I am afraid, also, if these are read by the pro-natalists, it will reinforce them in many of their errors. It is almost impossible to avoid doing good to our enemies and harm to our friends. One hopes in this case the good will outweigh the harm. Issues in Science and Religion David Tolman Issues In Science and Religion, by Ian G. Barbour. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1966. 470pp. Also a Harper Torchbook. Being expert neither in the field of science nor of religion, we are relieved of the responsibility of discussing a theme [science and religion] whose treatment has suffered from everything but neglect. —Hugh Nibley Ian G. Barbour's book is a rarity in the area of science and religion, for the theme does not suffer at all, but benefits greatly from Barbour's organization and presentation of problems. Barbour teaches modern physics, appears to be well-versed in modern theology, and has a broad knowledge of history and philosophy. In addition, he is well-acquainted with the development of science and with the history of religion. Mercifully, his book spares us the long and tangled history of their interaction, a welcome change from books of this sort. Instead, Dr. Barbour assembles what amounts to a history of philosophy or an intellectual history of