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The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theologyis the first collection to consider the full breadth of natural theology from both historical and contemporary perspectives and to bring together leading scholars to offer accessible high-level accounts of the major themes. The volume embodies and develops the recent revival of interest in natural theology as a topic of serious critical engagement. Frequently misunderstood or polemicized, natural theology is an under-studied yet persistent and pervasive presence throughout the history of thought about ultimate reality - from the classical Greek theology of the philosophers to twenty-first century debates in science and religion. Of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this authoritative handbook draws on the very best of contemporary scholarship to present a critical overview of the subject area. Thirty eight new essays trace the transformations of natural theology in different historical and religious contexts, the place of natural theology in different philosophical traditions and diverse scientific disciplines, and the various cultural and aesthetic approaches to natural theology to reveal a rich seam of multi-faceted theological reflection rooted in human nature and the environments within which we find ourselves.
Russell Re Manning is Lord Gifford Fellow in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at University of Aberdeen.
John Hedley Brooke is Emeritus Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
Fraser Watts is Reader in Theology and Science, University of Cambridge.
Table of Contents
Introduction I: Historical Perspectives on Natural Theology 1. Classical Origins of Natural Theology, Stephen Clark 2. Natural Theology and the Christian Bible, Christopher Rowland 3. Natural Theology in the Patristic Period, Wayne Hankey 4. Natural Theology in the Middle Ages, Alexander Hall 5. Early Modern Natural Theologies, Scott Mandelbrote 6. Nineteenth-Century Natural Theology, Matthew Eddy 7. Natural Theology in the Twentieth Century, Rodney Holder II: Theological Perspectives on Natural Theology 8. Jewish Perspectives on Natural Theology, Daniel Frank 9. Islamic Perspectives on Natural Theology, Robert Morrison 10. Natural Theology in Eastern Religions, Jessica Frazier 11. Catholic Perspectives on Natural Theology, Denis Edwards 12. Protestant Perspectives on Natural Theology, Russell Re Manning 13. Natural Theology and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition, Christopher C. Knight 14. Theological Critiques of Natural Theology, Andrew Moore III: Philosophical Perspectives on Natural Theology 15. Perspectives on Natural Theology from Analytical Philosophy, Keith Parsons 16. A Perspective from Continental Philosophy, Russell Re Manning 17. Process Thought and Natural Theology, David Ray Griffin 18. The Design Argument and Natural Theology, Neil A. Manson 19. Morality and Natural Theology, William Schweiker 20. Religious Experience and Natural Theology, Mark Wynn 21. Postmodernity and Natural Theology, Clayton Crockett 22. Feminist Perspectives on Natural Theology, Pamela Sue Anderson 23. Comparative Natural Theology, Wesley Wildman 24. Philosophical Critiques of Natural Theology, Charles Taliaferro IV: Scientific Perspectives on Natural Theology 25. Natural Theology: The Biological Sciences, Michael Ruse 26. Physical Sciences and Natural Theology, Paul Ewart 27. Chemical Sciences and Natural Theology, David Knight 28. Mathematics and Natural Theology, John Polkinghorne 29. Natural Theology and Ecology, Christopher Southgate 30. Sciences of the Mind and Natural Theology, Fraser Watts 31. A Sociological Perspective on Natural Theology, Richard Fenn 32. Scientific Critiques of Natural Theology, Philip Clayton V: Perspectives on Natural Theology from the Arts 33. Aesthetics and the Arts in Relation to Natural Theology, Frank Burch Brown 34. Imagination and Natural Theology, Douglas Hedley 35. Natural Theology and Literature, Guy Bennett-Hunter 36. Natural Theology and Music, Jeremy Begbie 37. Images in Natural Theology, Kristof Nyiri 38. The Film Viewer and Natural Theology God's "Presence" at the Movies, Robert Johnston