Religion and the Natural Sciences: The Range of Engagement

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James E. Huchingson
Wipf and Stock Publishers, Feb 7, 2005 - Religion - 432 pages
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The first half of 'Religion and the Natural Sciences' is an introduction to the discussion of science and religion. Here the reader learns why there is any debate at all and what resources exist for responding to it. The second half deals with specific issues that arise in the individual sciences, from astronomy and physics to biology and ecology. Any project hoping to connect science and religion must supply the categories of connection, which are found primarily, although not exclusively, in philosophy. The simplicity of the arrangement and the nature of the selections are intended to make 'Religion and the Natural Sciences' available to as wide an audience as possible, including students from the sciences and technology, the professions, the humanities and liberal studies, and theology.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
2
Ian Barbour Ways of Relating Science and Religion
35
Hans Kiing On the Relationship of Theology to Science
57
Suggestions for Further Reading
71
Earl R Mac Cormack Metaphor in Science and Religion
88
STORIES
105
Suggestions for Further Reading
118
EINSTEIN AND THE TRANSCENDENT GOD 148
122
Suggestions for Further Reading
246
CREATION AND EVOLUTION
256
Duane Gish EvolutionA Philosophy Not a Science
265
Isaac Asimov The Threat of Creationism
275
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Some Reflections on Progress
285
Ralph W Burhoe Attributes of God in an Evolutionary Universe
298
THE APPROACH OF SOCIOBIOLOGY
308
Arthur R Peacocke God and the Selfish Genes
329

S Lewis The Naturalist and the Supematuralist 12 7
131
Albert Einstein Science and Religion
148
MRACLES
157
Richard Dawkins Miracles and Probability
169
Suggestions for Further Reading
178
COSMOLOGY AND CREATION
190
Walter Jastrow God and the Astronomers
196
John Robert Russell Cosmology and Theology
205
George Wald Life and Mind in the Universe
214
Gerald F einberg and Robert Shapiro A Puddlian Fable
220
Annie Dillard All Nature is Touch and Go
231
John Haught Is Human Life Only Chemistry?
337
ECOS AND GAIA
346
Sallie McFague A Holistic View of Reality
357
John B Cobb Process Theology and Environmental Issues
365
Elizabeth Dodson Gray A Critique of Dominion Theology
374
GAIA
383
Some Reservations
396
GLOSSARY
404
INDEX
416
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James E. Huchingson is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University.

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