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A one-stop resource for undergraduate students examining the many complexities of the relationship between religion and science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847060143
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/24/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brendan Sweetman is Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, USA. He is the author of Religion: Key Conceptsin Philosophy (Continuum, 2006) andco-editor of Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (OUP, 1992).
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Why Are We Interested in Religion and Science?

Religion, Science and Secularism

Some Models for Relating Religion and Science

A Philosophical Approach to Religion and Science

2. Religion and Science in History

The Ancient World: Aristotle

The Medieval World: St. Augustine and St. Thomas

The Protestant Reformation

The Galileo Controversy of the Seventeenth Century

Galileo and Newton, and the Development of Science

Eighteenth Century Developments

The Nineteenth Century: Darwin and Freud

3. Science and Naturalism in the Twentieth Century

The Success of Science

The Scientific Method, and Objective Knowledge

Realism vs. Anti-Realism

The Undermining of Truth in the History of Science

The Modern Face of Science: Naturalism

4. God and Evolution

Evolution and Modern Culture

Brief History of Evolution

The Theory of Evolution

The Evidence for Evolution: Questions and Answers

Religious, Philosophical and Moral Implications of Evolution

5. Science and the Human Person

A Challenge to the Traditional Understanding of the Human Person

The Nature of Consciousness

Human Free Will


Artificial Intelligence

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

6. Design in the Universe

William Paley's Argument

The "Laws of Physics" Argument from Design

Design at the Beginning: The Anthropic Argument

Intelligent Design Arguments

7. God and the Universe

The Universe and the Big Bang Theory

God as First Cause

The Significance of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

How Does God Act in the World?

8. Science, Religion and Ethics

Mapping the Human Genome

Stem Cells and Cloning

Conclusion: Some Lessons for Scientists and Religious Believers


Guide to Further Reading


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