Books on the interface between science and religion remain very popular. However, recent years have seen a significant change in the kind of books that are being published, according to Watts.
The book awarded the prize in the general public category this year was by Professor Agustin Fuentes, an anthropologist and primatologist at Princeton University. His award-winning book, published by Yale University Press, is Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being.
The prize for a book intended for professionals and communicators went to Christopher White, Professor of Religion at Vassar College in New York, Other Worlds: Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions, published by Harvard University Press. White brings together two contemporary preoccupations that, on the face of things, seem very different: physics and fantasy fiction. On the one hand people have become fascinated by physics and cosmology. The focus on hidden invisible dimensions has liberated us from the tyranny of common sense and encouraged us to believe in the possibility of worlds very different from what we see around us.
Finally, the prize for a book intended to for an academic audience went to a young German academic, Dr Silke Gülker, for her book on Transcendence in Science: Studies in Stem Cell Research in Germany and the USA.
All three books frame religion in a broader sense than adherence to established faiths, according to Watts.