The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion

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In recent years, the relations between science and religion have been the object of renewed attention. Developments in physics, biology and the neurosciences have reinvigorated discussions about the nature of life and ultimate reality. At the same time, the growth of anti-evolutionary and intelligent design movements has led many to the view that science and religion are necessarily in conflict. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the relations between science and religion, with contributions from historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians. It explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics. The volume is rounded out with philosophical reflections on the connections between atheism and science, the nature of scientific and religious knowledge, and divine action and human freedom.
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'There aren't any equations or diagrams. It's not your standard easy-going popular science. But I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to step back and take a look at the broader picture.' Tim Middleton

'Both challenging to graduates and accessible to the layman.' Religion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521885386
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion Series
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,549,705
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Harrison is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford. He is the author of The Bible, Protestantism and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge, 1998), and The Fall of Man and the Foundation of Science (Cambridge, 2007).
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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

Introduction Peter Harrison Harrison, Peter 1

Part I Historical interactions 19

1 The fate of science in patristic and medieval Christendom David C. Lindberg Lindberg, David C. 21

2 Religion and the Scientific Revolution John Henry Henry, John 39

3 Natural theology and the sciences Jonathan R. Topham Topham, Jonathan R. 59

4 Religious reactions to Darwin Jon H. Roberts Roberts, Jon H. 80

5 Science and secularization John Hedley Brooke Brooke, John Hedley 103

Part II Religion and contemporary science 125

6 Scientific creationism and intelligent design Ronald L. Numbers Numbers, Ronald L. 127

7 Evolution and the inevitability of intelligent life Simon Conway Morris Morris, Simon Conway 148

8 God, physics and the Big Bang William R. Stoeger Stoeger, William R. 173

9 Psychology and theology Fraser Watts Watts, Fraser 190

10 Science, bioethics and religion John H. Evans Evans, John H. 207

Part III Philosophical perspectives 227

11 Atheism, naturalism and science: three in one? Michael Ruse Ruse, Michael 229

12 Divine action, emergence and scientific explanation Nancey Murphy Murphy, Nancey 244

13 Science, God and cosmic purpose John Haught Haught, John 260

14 Ways of relating science and religion Mikael Stenmark Stenmark, Mikael 278

A guide to further reading 296

Index 303

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