Nature, Human Nature, And God

Nature, Human Nature, And God

by Ian G. Barbour
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800634772

ISBN-13: 9780800634773

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800634773
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
Theology and the Sciences Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,428,963
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2God and Evolution10
Darwinism Evolving10
Biological Processes16
Models of God's Action in Nature25
God's Action in Process Theology31
3Evolution, Genetics, and Human Nature39
Human Evolution39
Human Nature in Theology49
Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom59
4Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Nature71
Neuroscience and Selfhood71
The Self in Theology79
Artificial Intelligence and Human Nature83
Philosophical Interpretations of Consciousness90
Process Philosophy94
5God and Nature: A Process View101
Historical Background102
God's Self-Limitation104
Process Theology111
6Theology, Ethics, and the Environment119
Historical Background119
God and Nature124
Humanity and Nature128
Justice, Technology, and the Environment132
Acknowledgments141
Notes143
Index of Authors159
Index of Subjects165

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