Christianity and Science: Toward a Theology of Nature

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In his many previous books John Haught established a reputation as the leading Catholic theological voice in the study of science and religion. In this work he offers his most systematic theological reflections on the relation between Christian revelation and the unfolding story of the universe.

In the face of recent discoveries some maintain their faith by clinging to a pre-scientific worldview; others conclude that perhaps "the universe has outgrown the biblical God who is ...

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Overview

In his many previous books John Haught established a reputation as the leading Catholic theological voice in the study of science and religion. In this work he offers his most systematic theological reflections on the relation between Christian revelation and the unfolding story of the universe.

In the face of recent discoveries some maintain their faith by clinging to a pre-scientific worldview; others conclude that perhaps "the universe has outgrown the biblical God who is said to be its creator." For Haught, however, exploration of the "three infinities"-the immense, the infinitesimal, and the complex-serves as invitation to an unprecedented appreciation for the grandeur of God, creation, Christ, and redemption.

About the Author:
John F. Haught is Senior Fellow, Science and Religion, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570757402
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Theology in Global Perspective Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,305,372
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Peter C. Phan     ix
Preface     xi
Science and Christian Hope     1
Scientific Simplification     3
A New Day for the Universe     8
Science, Freedom, and the Future     12
The Promise of Nature     14
The Meaning of Miracles     16
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     18
Science and Mystery     19
The Persistence of Mystery     20
Mystery and Problem     22
Limit Experiences     24
Limit Questions     26
Mystery and Special Revelation     29
God and the Universe     31
The Problem of Special Revelation     32
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     33
Science and Revelation     34
The Gift of an Image     35
Christianity's Revelatory Image     39
The Humility of God     41
The Divine Promise     45
The Task of a Theology of Nature     47
Summary and Conclusion     49
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     50
What's Going on in the Universe?     51
Theology and Cosmic Pessimism     53
Lawfulness and Indeterminacy     57
Can the Universe Have a Purpose?     59
Conclusion     64
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     64
Teilhard de Chardin and the Promise of Nature     65
Teilhard's Career     66
Teilhard's Vision     68
Teilhard as Scientist     71
Teilhard's Universe: What Did He "See"     74
A New Spirituality     78
Moral Effort and the Impermanence of the Universe     81
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     81
Evolution and Divine Providence     82
The Task of Theology after Darwin     85
Pure Trust?     88
Providence as Pedagogy?     89
Toward a Theology of Evolution     90
Theology and the Suffering of Sentient Life     96
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     107
Cosmology and Creation     108
Creation and the Big Bang     109
Scientific Background     113
Theological Implications?     116
Conflation and Creation     120
Conflict     122
Contrast     123
Contact     125
Confirmation      131
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     132
Life and the Spirit     133
The Origins of Naturalism     135
The Cosmic Extension of Deadness     139
Room for Theology?     141
Relating Science to Theology     143
Explaining Life     146
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     152
Science, Death, and Resurrection     153
How Can We Understand "Resurrection"?     155
Can God Change?     160
Finding Meaning in an Unfinished Universe     161
The Question of Subjective Immortality     164
Theology and Skepticism in an Unfinished Universe     166
The Realism of Hope     168
But Will "I" Survive?     171
Eschatological Panvitalism     172
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     176
Scientific Truth and Christian Faith     177
What Is Truth?     180
Revelation, Science, and the Desire to Know     182
Liberating the Desire to Know     183
Truth and the Descent of God     185
Implications of Revelation     187
Release from Self-deception     188
Truth and the God of Promise     191
Suggestions for Further Reading and Study     194
Select Bibliography on Science and Christianity     195
Index     204
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