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Religion and science : historical and contemporary issues

Author: Ian G Barbour
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st HarperCollins rev. edView all editions and formats
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Religion and Science is a contemporary discussion of the many issues surrounding our understanding of God and religious truth and experience in our understanding of God and religious truth and experience in our scientific age. This is a significantly expanded and revised version of Religion in an Age of Science, winner of the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence and the Templeton Book Award. Ian G.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian G Barbour
ISBN: 0060609389 9780060609382
OCLC Number: 36417827
Notes: Revised edition of: Religion in an age of science. 1st ed. 1990.
Description: xv, 368 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Part 1: Religion and the history of science. 1. Physics and metaphysics in the seventeenth century. The medieval world-drama ; Galileo's "two new sciences" ; The Newtonian world-machine ; Religion and the rise of science : conflict or harmony? --
2. Nature and God in the eighteenth century. The age of reason ; The romantic reaction ; Philosophical responses --
3. Biology and theology in the nineteenth century. Darwin and natural selection ; Theological issues in evolution ; Diverging currents in theology --
Part 2: Religion and the methods of science. 4. Ways of relating science and religion. Conflict ; Independence ; Dialogue ; Integration --
5. Models and paradigms. The structures of science and religion ; The role of models ; The role of paradigms ; Tentativeness and commitment --
6. Similarities and differences. History in science and religion ; Objectivity and realism ; Religious pluralism --
Part 3: Religion and the theories of science. 7. Physics and metaphysics. Quantum theory ; Relativity ; Order and complexity ; Metaphysical implications --
8. Astronomy and creation. The big bang ; Creation in Judaism and Christianity ; Design, chance, and necessity ; Theological implications --
9. Evolution and continuing creation. Evolutionary theory ; A hierarchy of levels ; Theological implications --
Part 4: Philosophical and theological reflections. 10. Human nature. Biology and human nature ; Religion and human nature ; The human future --
11. Process thought. Summary : a multileveled cosmos ; Process philosophy ; Process theology --
12. God and nature. Classical theism ; Some alternatives ; Process theism --
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Religion and Science is a contemporary discussion of the many issues surrounding our understanding of God and religious truth and experience in our understanding of God and religious truth and experience in our scientific age. This is a significantly expanded and revised version of Religion in an Age of Science, winner of the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence and the Templeton Book Award. Ian G. Barbour has added three historical chapters on physics and metaphysics in the seventeenth century, nature and God in the eighteenth century, and biology and theology in the nineteenth century. He has also added new sections on developments in nature-centered spirituality, information theory, and chaos and complexity theories.

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