Navigating Post-Truth and Alternative Facts: Religion and Science as Political Theology is an edited volume that explores the critical intersection of “religion-and-science” and our contemporary political and social landscape with a tailored eye towards the epistemological and hermeneutical impact of the “post-truth society.” The rise of the post-truth society has specific importance and inherent risk for nearly all academic disciplines and researchers. When personal beliefs regarding climate change trump scientific consensus, research projects are defunded, results are hidden or undermined, and all of us are at a greater vulnerability to extreme weather patterns. When expertise itself becomes suspect, we become a nation lead by fools. When data is overcome by alternative facts and truth in any form is suspect, where is the space for religious and/or scientific scholarship? The central curiosity of this volume is “what is the role of religion and science scholarship in a post-truth society?” This text explores truth, lies, fear, populism, politics, faith, the environment, post modernity, and our shared public life.
Now that ‘post-truth’ has dictionary status, Pontius Pilate’s cynically rhetorical ‘What is truth?’ arises as a disturbingly real, and really political, question. No longer can academics afford our habitual relativism. What better venue for curating the multiform width of truth-talk than within the dialogue of religion and science? What may seem like a rather esoteric set of transdisciplinary essays bristles from the first page on with vivid and timely examples, communicative clarity, and stunning politico-eco-religio-cultural relevance.
Finally! A critical look at the politically charged discussion of religion and science. But, rather than pitting both sides against each other, as many texts do, Navigating Post-Truth and Alternative Facts brings the two together in an unapologetic manner that is rooted in both religion and science. This is an excellent edited volume by Jennifer Baldwin and one that promises to give facts, not just opinion. In this age of post-truth and attacks on science, this book is truly needed. Well worth the read!