Nature, Human Nature, and God (Google eBook)

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Fortress Press - Religion - 170 pages
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In his latest work, the dean of religion and science tackles some of the thorniest issues posed by contemporary thought. Thoroughly conversant with current developments, Barbour offers astute analyses of the shape and import of evolutionary theory, indeterminacy, neuroscience, information theory, and artificial intelligence. He also addresses deeper philosophical issues and the idea of nature itself. Then with characteristic clarity and verve, Barbour advances to the interconnected religious questions at the core of contemporary debate: Are humans free? Does religion itself evolve? Are we immortal? Is God omnipotent? How does God act in nature? Barbour's creative and constructive work offers hope that newer religious insights and imperatives occasioned by deep interaction with science can address the environmental and global challenges posed by science's relentless advance.
  

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Contents

4 Consciousness in Computers?
88
Philosophical Interpretations of Consciousness
90
2 The Irreducibility of Consciousness
91
3 TwoAspect Theories
92
Process Philosophy
94
2 Embodiment Emotions and Consciousness
96
3 The Status of Subjectivity
98
God and Nature A Process View
101

Models of Gods Action in Nature
25
2 God as Determiner of Indeterminacies
27
3 God as TopDown Cause
28
4 God as Communicator of Information
30
Gods Action in Process Theology
31
2 Inferiority
33
3 Christianity and Process Theology
34
4 Some Objections
36
Evolution Genetics and Human Nature
39
1 Sociobiology and Human Morality
40
2 Apes and Humans
42
3 Language and Culture
44
4 Hie Evolution of Religion
47
Human Nature in Theology
49
2 Original Sin
51
3 The Role of Christ
53
4 The Call to Love
57
Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom
59
2 Cloning and Stem Cells
62
3 Genetic Modification
66
4 Theological Responses
68
Neuroscience Artificial Intelligence and Human Nature
71
2 Emotions
72
3 The Social Self
74
4 The Role of Consciousness
77
The Self in Theology
79
2 Medieval and Modern Views
81
3 Contemporary Theology
82
Artificial Intelligence and Human Nature
83
2 Learning Robotics and Embodiment
85
3 Socialization and Emotion in Computers
86
Historical Background
102
2 Medieval Theology
103
Gods SelfLimitation
104
2 Evil Suffering and Human Freedom
105
3 The Christian Understanding of the Cross
108
4 Feminist Critiques of Patriarchal Models
109
Process Theology
111
1 Voluntary SelfLimitation or Metaphysical Necessity?
112
2 The Adequacy of Gods Power
113
3 The Beginning and the End
114
4 Immortality and the Resurrection
117
Theology Ethics and the Environment
119
2 An Indictment of Christianity
121
3 An Ecumenical Approach
122
God and Nature
124
2 The Holy Spirit in Nature
125
3 The Redemption of Nature
126
4 The Sacred in Nature
127
Humanity and Nature
128
2 Kinship with All Creatures
129
3 Process Theology
131
Justice Technology and the Environment
132
2 Environmental Justice in Industrial Nations
135
3 Global Justice
137
4 The Globalization Debate
138
Acknowledgments
141
Notes
143
Index of Authors
159
Index of Subjects
165
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Ian Barbour is Bean Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and Society, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.

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