9780060603816

When Science Meets Religion : Enemies, Strangers, or Partners?

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    9780060603816

  • ISBN10:

    006060381X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/12/2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

The Definitive Introduction To The Relationship Between Religion And Science bull; In The Beginning: Why Did the Big Bang Occur? bull; Quantum Physics: A Challenge to Our Assumptions About Reality? bull; Darwin And Genesis: Is Evolution God's Way of Creating? bull; Human Nature: Are We Determined by Our Genes? bull; God And Nature: Can God Act in a LawBound World? Over the centuries and into the new millennium, scientists, theologians, and the general public have shared many questions about the implications of scientific discoveries for religious faith. Nuclear physicist and theologian Ian Barbour, winner of the 1999 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for his pioneering role in advancing the study of religion and science, presents a clear, contemporary introduction to the essential issues, ideas, and solutions in the relationship between religion and science. In simple, straightforward language, Barbour explores the fascinating topics that illuminate the critical encounter of the spiritual and quantitative dimensions of life.

Author Biography

Ian G. Barbour is professor emeritus of physics and religion at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction 1(6)
Four Views of Science And Religion
7(32)
Conflict
Scientific Materialism
11(4)
Biblical Literalism
15(2)
Independence
Separate Domains
17(2)
Differing Languages and Functions
19(4)
Dialogue
Presuppositions and Limit-Questions
23(1)
Methodological and Conceptual Parallels
24(4)
Integration
Natural Theology
28(3)
Theology of Nature
31(3)
Systematic Synthesis
34(5)
Astronomy And Creation
39(26)
Conflict
A Universe by Chance
42(3)
Harmonizing Genesis and the Big Bang
45(3)
Independence
The Religious Meaning of Creation
48(2)
The Function of Creation Stories
50(2)
Dialogue
The Intelligibility of the Cosmos
52(2)
The Contingency of the Cosmos
54(3)
Integration
Design: The Anthropic Principle
57(2)
Models of God as Creator
59(2)
The Significance of Humanity
61(4)
The Implications Of Quantum Physics
65(25)
Conflict
God in a Deterministic World
70(2)
God and Chance
72(2)
Independence
Instrumentalist Views of Quantum Theory
74(2)
The Lesson of Complementarity
76(2)
Dialogue
The Role of the Observer
78(3)
Holism in the Quantum World
81(3)
Integration
Eastern Mysticism and Quantum Holism
84(2)
God and Quantum Indeterminacy
86(4)
Evolution And Continuing Creation
90(29)
Conflict
Evolutionary Materialism
93(3)
Theistic Critics of Neo-Darwinism
96(3)
Independence
Contrasting Domains and Methods
99(2)
Primary and Secondary Causality
101(3)
Dialogue
Complexity and Self-Organization
104(1)
The Concept of Information
105(3)
A Hierarchy of Levels
108(3)
Integration
Evolutionary Design
111(3)
God and Continuing Creation
114(1)
Process Philosophy
115(4)
Genetics, Neuroscience, And Human Nature
119(31)
Conflict
Reductive Materialism
122(2)
Sociobiology and Human Morality
124(2)
Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom
126(3)
Independence
Body/Soul Dualism
129(3)
Body and Soul: Complementary Perspectives
132(1)
Sin and Redemption
133(2)
Dialogue
Neuroscience and the Embodied Self
135(2)
Anthropolgy and the Social Self
137(2)
The Computer and the Brain
139(4)
Integration
Biological Organism and Responsible Self
143(1)
Mind and Brain: Two Aspects of One Process
144(2)
Process Philosophy
146(4)
God And Nature
150(31)
Conflict
Naturalistic Critiques of Theism
154(3)
Religious Naturalism
157(2)
Independence
Primary and Secondary Causality
159(3)
Complementary Languages
162(2)
Dialogue
God as Designer of a Self-Organizing Process
164(2)
God as Communicator of Information
166(1)
God's Self-Limitation
167(3)
Integration
God as Determiner of Indeterminacies
170(2)
God as Top-Down Cause
172(2)
Process Theology
174(7)
Notes 181(16)
Index of Names 197(6)
Index of Selected Topics 203

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