Religion and Science: The Basics

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  • Copyright: 2011-09-20
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Religion and Science: The Basicsoffers an introduction to ongoing questions and philosophical arguments in the controversial field of religion and science. Examining both sides of arguments through thematic debates, the author presents a rounded response to essential issues including: Science or Religion, or Science and Religion? The perspectives of Intelligent design and New Atheism Relationships between science and world religions The role of scientific ethics Ongoing debates within science The future of science vs. the future of religion Presenting ideas from a range of world religions and different scientific perspectives, this book is essential reading for all those studying philosophy and religion who wish to formulate their own questions and opinions about this much debated subject.

Author Biography

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor and Dean of Claremont School of Theology, and Provost of Claremont Lincoln University, USA. Author or editor of some twenty books, he is widely recognized internationally as a leading figure in the field of religion and science.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
The basic question: science or religion, or science and religion?p. 1
The debate that no one can avoidp. 1
A naturalist and a theist in debatep. 3
Taking stockp. 11
The two most famous foes: Intelligent Design versus the New Atheistsp. 15
Intelligent Designp. 17
ID as sciencep. 18
But is it really science?p. 21
God, design, and delusionp. 24
Six New Atheist argumentsp. 25
How Dawkins should have arguedp. 30
Biology excludes the idea of Godp. 32
Biology renders the existence of God improbablep. 33
Religious belief is incompatible with the scientific mindsetp. 34
Where does the debate leave us?p. 39
Science and the world's religionsp. 43
Judaismp. 44
Islamp. 47
Hinduismp. 51
Buddhismp. 56
Conclusions and further questions to explorep. 61
Physicsp. 66
Wliy the religious interest in cosmology?p. 67
Fundamental physicsp. 71
Fine-tuning and the multiversep. 73
Quantum physics and consciousnessp. 75
Possible religious implicationsp. 79
What physics does and doesn't showp. 81
The biological sciencesp. 86
The origins of lifep. 86
Evolution and creationp. 90
Are genes the fundamental units of evolution?p. 92
Are humans unique?p. 96
The neurosciencesp. 104
Brains, minds, and consciousnessp. 104
Can thoughts and intentions do anything?p. 105
Whatever happened to the soul?p. 109
Strict naturalism, broad naturalism, and pushing the boundariesp. 112
Religious experiencep. 114
Science, technology, and ethics: researchp. 121
Stem cell researchp. 122
Ethical issues at the end of lifep. 125
Tlie rights of subjects in scientific experimentsp. 128
Warfare technologiesp. 131
Science, technology, and ethics: applicationsp. 136
'Designer drugs': the ethics of pharmaceuticalsp. 136
Computers, ethics, and Artificial Intelligencep. 142
Access to medical technologiesp. 144
The future of science and religionp. 152
Summarizing the optionsp. 152
Making the case for partnershipsp. 157
Values from science, values from religionp. 157
The religious traditions and the scientific methodp. 161
Compassion and justicep. 162
The environmental crisisp. 164
They're your questions now …p. 167
Notesp. 172
Indexp. 183
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