The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science / Edition 1

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The field of "religion and science" is exploding in popularity among academics as well as the general reading public. Spawning an increasing number of conferences and courses, this field has shown an unprecedented rate of growth in recent years. Here for the first time is a single-volume introduction to the debate, written by the leading experts. Making no pretense to encyclopedic neutrality, each chapter defends a major intellectual position: at the heart of the book is a series of "pro" and "con" papers, covering each of the current "hot topics" (such as evolution versus creation, naturalism versus the supernatural). In addition to treatments of questions of methodology and implications for life and practice, the Handbook includes sections devoted to the major scientific disciplines, the major world religions, and the main sub-disciplines in this exciting and ever-expanding field of study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199279272
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1040
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology; Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Claremont Graduate University.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Philip Clayton
I.Religion and Science across the World's Traditions
2. Hinduism and Science, Sangeetha Menon
3. Buddhism and Science, B. Alan Wallace
4. Judaism and Science, Norbert M. Samuelson
5. Christianity and Science, John Polkinghorne
6. Islam and Science, Seyyed Hossein Nasr
7. Indigenous Lifeways and Knowing the World, John Grim
8. Religious Naturalism and Science, Willem Drees
9. Atheism and Science, Peter Atkins
II. Conceiving Religion in Light of the Contemporary Sciences
10. Cosmology and Religion, Bernard Carr
11. Fundamental Physics and Religion, Kirk Wegter-McNelly
12. Molecular Biology and Religion, Martinez Hewlett
13. Evolutionary Theory and Religion, Jeffrey P. Schloss
14. Ecology and Religion, Susan Bratton
15. The Neurosciences and Religion, Evan Thompson
16. Psychology, the Human Sciences, and Religion, Raymond F. Paloutzian
17. Sociology and Religion, Richard Fenn
18. Anthropology and Religion, Michael Lambek
III. The Major Fields of Religion/Science
19. Contributions from the History of Science and Religion, John Hedley Brooke
20. Contributions from Religious Studies, Robert A. Segal
21. Contributions from the Philosophy of Science, Robin Collins
22. Contributions from Philosophical Theology and Metaphysics, Joseph Bracken
23. Contributions from Systematic Theology, Wolfhart Pannenberg
24. Contributions from Practical Theology and Ethics, Ted Peters
25. Simplicity - Complexity - Simplicity: The Perspectives of Spirituality, Pauline Rudd
IV. Methodological Approaches to the Study of Religion and Science
26. The Scientific Landscape of Religion: Evolution, Culture, and Cognition, Scott Atran
27. Varieties of Naturalism, Owen Flanagan
28. Interpreting Science from the Standpoint of Whitheadian Process Philosophy, David Ray Griffin
29. Anglo-American Postmodernity and the End of Theology-Science Dialogue?, Nancey Murphy
30. Trinitarian Faith Seeking Transformative Understanding, F. LeRon Shults
31. Religious Experience, Cognitive Science, and the Future of Religion, Phillip H. Wiebe
32. Toward a Comprehensive Integration of Science and Religion: A Post-Metaphysical Approach, Ken Wilber and Sean Esbjorn-Hargens
V. Central Theoretical Debates in Religion and Science
'Science and Religion' or 'Theology and Science'?
33. Science and Theology: Their Relation at the Beginning of the Third Millennium, Michael Welker
34. Religion-and-Science, Philip Hefner
Science, Theology, and Divine Action
35. Quantum Physics and the Theology of Non-Interventionist Objective Divine Action, Robert John Russell
36. Theologies of Divine Action, Tom Tracy
37. Ground-of-Being Theologies, Wesley J. Wildman
Panentheism and its Critics
38. The Potential of Panentheism for Dialogue between Science and Religion, Michael Brierley
39. Problems in Panentheism, Owen C. Thomas
Evolution, Creation, and Belief in God
40. Evolution, Religion, and Science, Will B. Provine
41. Darwinism, Alister E. McGrath
42. God and Evolution, John F. Haught
Intelligent Design and its Critics
43. In Defence of Intelligent Design, William Dembski
44. The Premodern Sins of Intelligent Design, Robert T. Pennock
Theologies of Emergent Complexity and their Critics
45. Physics, Complexity, and the Science-Religion Debate, George F. R. Ellis
46. Emergence and Complexity, Niels Henrik Gregersen
47. Emergence, Theology, and the Manifest Image, Michael Silberstein
48. The Hidden Battles over Emergence, Carl Gillett
Feminist Approaches
49. Going Public: Feminist Epistemologies, Hannah Arendt, and the Science and Religion Discourse, Lisa L. Stenmark
50. Feminist Perspectives in Medicine and Bioethics, Ann Pedersen
Human Nature and Ethics
51. Emergence, Ethics, and Religious Naturalism, Ursula Goodenough and Terrence W. Deacon
52. Science, Ethics, and the Human Spirit, William B. Hurlbut
VI. Values Issues in Religion and Science
53. Theology and Ecology, Celia Deane-Drummond
54. Environmental Ethics and Religion/Science, Holmes Rolston III
55. Biotechnology and the Religion-Science Discussion, Ron Cole-Turner
56. Relations between Homo sapiens and Other Animals: Scientific and Religious Arguments, Nancy R. Howell
57. Dover Beach Revisited: Concluding Reflections, Mary Midgley

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