Science and Religion : A New Introduction

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-02
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Now thoroughly updated to reflect the latest debates, this popular textbook introduces readers to the central questions in the field of science and religion. Ideally suited to those who have little or no prior knowledge in either area, it incorporates numerous student-friendly features, including maps, summaries, and historical references, resulting in the most up-to-date introduction to the study of religion and the natural sciences available. Examines the historical, theological, philosophical and scientific aspects of the interaction between religion and science Fully updated to reflect current, cutting-edge debates on scientific atheism and the limits of scientific method, and discussions about the relationship between science and religion in major world faiths Includes a historical component to enable readers to orientate themselves within the subject Takes a topic based approach which fits into the existing structure of most courses, and includes explanatory material not found in other works of this kind, making it highly accessible for those with little scientific or religious background knowledge Incorporates illustrations, tables, maps, summaries and questions for a lively and engaging approach to the subject Written by world-renowned theologian, Alister McGrath; author of bestselling books such as Dawkins' God, and an acknowledged expert in the field of science and religion

Author Biography

Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King's College, London. He studied natural sciences at Oxford University, gaining a doctorate in molecular biology, before turning his attention to the study of theology. He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous bestselling titles, including Dawkins' God (2004), Theology: The Basics (2004), Christianity: An Introduction, 2nd edition (2006), Christian Theology, fourth edition (2007) and The Christian Theology Reader, third edition (2007), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
How To Use This Bookp. ix
Introducing the Dialogue Between Science and Religionp. 1
History: Three Landmark Debatesp. 7
Why Study History?p. 9
Copernicus, Galileo, and the Solar Systemp. 17
Newton, the Mechanical Universe, and Deismp. 26
Darwin and the Biological Origins of Humanityp. 33
Science and Religion: General Themesp. 43
Models of Interaction Between Science and Religionp. 45
Science, Religion, and the Explanation of Thingsp. 51
Science, Religion, and Proofs for God's Existencep. 59
Verification and Falsification in Science and Religionp. 67
Realism and its Alternatives in Science and Religionp. 76
The Doctrine of Creation and the Natural Sciencesp. 84
How Does God Act in the World?p. 93
The Use of Models in Science and Religionp. 102
Natural Science and Natural Theologyp. 110
Theoretical Anomalies in Science and Religionp. 120
The Development of Theory in Science and Religionp. 128
The Interaction of Science and Religion in Other Faithsp. 135
Science and Religion: Contemporary Debatesp. 143
Richard Dawkins and Scientific Atheism: Does Science Deny God?p. 145
Cosmology: Does the Anthropic Principle Mean Anything?p. 151
Quantum Theory: Complementarity in Science and Religionp. 157
Evolutionary Biology: Can One Speak of "Design" in Nature?p. 163
Evolutionary Psychology: The Origins of Religious Beliefp. 169
The Psychology of Religion: Exploring Religious Experiencep. 175
The Cognitive Science of Religion: Is Religion "Natural"?p. 184
Case Studies in Science and Religionp. 191
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Conclusionp. 233
Referencesp. 235
Indexp. 240
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