The Daily Beast Likes The Rocks Don't Lie

August 29, 2012

Another fantastic review for The Rocks Don't Lie by David Montgomery (W.W. Norton, August 27):

Montgomery’s book is anything but a softening of religion’s deliberate persecution and denial of scientific inquiry, which remains very much with us. But he wants to complicate the picture. Religion has been both the antagonist and the ally of science. It has persecuted “heretics.” But it has also provided imaginative fictions that preserve historical events and provoked intense curiosity about the natural world. If Montgomery wants to correct religion’s anti-intellectualism, he also wants to unsettle science’s potential for calcifying into orthodoxies of its own. That can be done, he shows, by simply looking more closely at the lives and passions of explorers past.

Read the rest at The Daily Beast.

David is reading at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA at 7PM on September 6.

Posted by Waleslit on August 29, 2012

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