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Ian G. Barbour, Religion in an Age of Science. Volume One, 1990. Harper, San Francisco, CA, 297 pages. Ian G. Barbour, Ethics in an Age of Technology, Volume Two, 1993. Harper, San Francisco, CA, 312 pages

Ian G. Barbour, Religion in an Age of Science. Volume One, 1990. Harper, San Francisco, CA, 297 pages. Ian G. Barbour, Ethics in an Age of Technology, Volume Two, 1993. Harper, San Francisco, CA, 312 pages

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The Gifford Lectures 1989-1991Ian G. Barbour, Religion in an Age of Science. Volume One, 1990. Harper, San Francisco, CA, 297 pages. Ian G. Barbour, Ethics in an Age of Technology, Volume Two, 1993. Harper, San Francisco, CA, 312 pages SAGE Publications, Inc.1996DOI: 10.1177/027046769601600106 Richard A. Deitrich Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. Ian Barbour's past scholarship has contributed to the Penn State Science, Technology and Society Programs: his 1980 book Technology. Environment. and Human Values is a staple here. These two new volumes - his magnum opus - are capable of solid contributions to STS endeavors of every stripe. We shared breakfast at the National Association of STS held near Washington, DC in March of this year. He sympathized concerning this task: the review of two volumes with over 600 pages of scholarly reflection spanning nearly a lifetime. I want to set the scene vis d vis Ellul. He is not referenced nor indexed in Volume Two. Although they share a conservative Christian theology, Barbour does not share Ellul's pessimism. In fact, Barbour includes a one-page Reply to the Pessimists, and then explains "I am most sympathetic with the
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