The Bible and Science: Longing for God in a Science-Dominated World

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Liturgical Press, Jun 1, 2011 - Religion - 224 pages
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Confusing paradox surrounds the Bible.

Some look to it as the definition of reality and deny science; others see science alone as the arbiter of truth and deny the Bible. Both extremes are merely symptoms of a still wider debate on the place of ancient spiritual wisdom in a science-dominated world. Following the Reformation and Enlightenment, the Western world gained great power but lost its spiritual bearings. This book draws on numerous sources, ancient and modern, to examine what the missteps were that have brought us to a point of such confusion, and in doing so argues cogently against the modern philosophy of scientific materialism. With the aid of biblical stories and imagery it suggests how we might find our way back to balance, where ancient wisdom and modern science can together shed light on humans and their encompassing reality.

Vincent Smiles is professor of theology at Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

 

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Contents

The Bible
24
God
64
The Loss of Symbolism
72
Sources of Knowing
81
God of Creation and Hope
91
Rediscovering God
97
Types of Knowing in the Bible
134
Conclusion
194
Index of People and Sujects
203
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Vincent Smiles is professor of theology at Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota.

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