Science and Religion in Dialogue, Two Volume Set / Edition 1

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Overview

This two-volume collection of cutting edge thinking about science and religion shows how scientific and religious practices of inquiry can be viewed as logically compatible, complementary, and mutually supportive.
  • Features submissions by world-leading scientists and philosophers
  • Discusses a wide range of hotly debated issues, including Big Bang cosmology, evolution, intelligent design, dinosaurs and creation, general and special theories of relativity, dark energy, the Multiverse Hypothesis, and Super String Theory
  • Includes articles on stem cell research and Bioethics by William Hurlbut, who served on President Bush's Bioethics Committee
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“In sum, whereas there are a few papers that are ‘technical’, the vast majority will be interesting to the general reader, though profitable also to the scholar, as they are both thought-provoking and enlightening, Science and Religion in Dialogue offers an (almost) complete guide to most of the current thinking on the complementary disciplines of science and faith.” (The Heythrop Journal, 24 May 2013)

"This excellent collection of papers was written by 12 philosophers and 14 scientists who participated in a five-year-long "Science and Religion" series held at five major Chinese universities. These world-class scientists, philosophers, and theologians engage in a genuine dialogue in their papers based on the idea that science and religion have things in common and enough of a common universe of discourse to participate in a meaningful exchange, since science and religion not only are logically compatible when both are properly understood and described, but also are complementary. An excellent introduction explains the focus for each of the 26 areas into which the papers are grouped. These sections range from "Has Science Really Destroyed Its Own Religious Roots?" to "Theories and Unobservables: The Realist/Nonrealist Debate in Science and Religion." Each paper is preceded by an abstract, and all but three of the writers are represented by three papers in a specific area. Documentation is excellent, and the second volume contains a glossary. This collection is an excellent resource for those wishing to explore the current state of dialogue between science and religion. Although a few of the papers are somewhat technical, interested general readers will find these essays very thought-provoking." (CHOICE, December 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405189217
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/19/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1168
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Melville Y. Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota. His many previous publications include East & West Philosophy of Religion (with Zhang Zhigang, 1998), Philosophy of Religion: An Anthology of Contemporary Views (1996) and The Greater-Good Defence: An Essay on the Rationality of Faith (1993).
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Table of Contents

VOLUME ONE.

Lists of Figures and Tables xii

Biographical Sketches xiv

Preface xx

Acknowledgements xxvi

Introduction to Volume One 1
Melville Y. Stewart

Part 1 Has Science Really Destroyed Its Own Religious Roots? 39

1 The Nature of Science 41
Del Ratzsch

2 The Religious Roots of Science 54
Del Ratzsch

3 The Alleged Demise of Religion 69
Del Ratzsch

Part 2 God and Physical Reality: Relativity, Time, and Quantum Mechanics 85

4 Relativity, God, and Time 87
Thomas Greenlee

5 General Relativity, The Cosmic Microwave Background, and Moral Relativism 93
Thomas Greenlee

6 Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality 97
Thomas Greenlee

Part 3 Interaction Between Science and Christianity 105

7 Science and Religion in Harmony 107
Deborah B. Haarsma

8 How Christians Reconcile Ancient Texts with Modern Science 120
Deborah B. Haarsma

9 Christian and Atheist Responses to Big Bang Cosmology 131
Deborah B. Haarsma

Part 4 Interplay of Scientific and Religious Knowledge Regarding Evolution 151

10 Scientific Knowledge Does Not Replace Religious Knowledge 153
Loren Haarsma

11 God, Evolution, and Design 168
Loren Haarsma

12 Human Evolution and Objective Morality 181
Loren Haarsma

Part 5 The Universe Makes It Probable That There Is A God 203

13 What Makes a Scientific Theory Probably True 205
Richard Swinburne

14 The Argument to God from the Laws of Nature 213
Richard Swinburne

15 The Argument to God from Fine-Tuning 223
Richard Swinburne

Part 6 A Paleontologist Considers Science and Religion 235

16 Is Intelligent Design Really Intelligent? 237
Peter Dodson

17 God and the Dinosaurs Revisited 243
Peter Dodson

18 Science and Religion in the Public Square 251
Peter Dodson

Part 7 Christian Faith and Biological Explanation 265

19 Evolutionary Creation: Common Descent and Christian Views of Origins 267
Stephen Matheson

20 A Scientific and Religious Critique of Intelligent Design 278
Stephen Matheson

21 Biology, the Incarnation, and Christian Materialism 290
Stephen Matheson

Part 8 Religion, Naturalism, and Science 299

22 Science and Religion: Why Does the Debate Continue? 301
Alvin Plantinga

23 Divine Action in the World 317
Alvin Plantinga

24 The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism 324
Alvin Plantinga

Part 9 Science and Theology as Faithful Human Activities 333

25 Two For the Ages: Origen and Newton 335
Gary Patterson

26 The Holy Trinity of Nineteenth-Century British Science: Faraday, Maxwell, and Rayleigh 345
Gary Patterson

27 A Professor in Dialogue with His Faith 359
Gary Patterson

Part 10 Cosmology and Theology 369

28 Our Place in the Vast Universe 371
Don N. Page

29 Does God So Love the Multiverse? 380
Don N. Page

30 Scientific and Philosophical Challenges to Theism 396
Don N. Page

Part 11 Science Under Stress in the Twentieth Century: Lessons from the Case of Early Nuclear Physics 411

31 The Copenhagen Spirit of Science and Birth of the Nuclear Atom 413
Richard Peterson

32 When Scientists Go to War 420
Richard Peterson

33 Scientific Responsibility: A Quest for Good Science and Good Applications 429
Richard Peterson

Part 12 The Science of Religion 437

34 The Evolution of Religion: Adaptationist Accounts 439
Michael J. Murray

35 The Evolution of Religion: Non-Adaptationist Accounts 458
Michael J. Murray

36 Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: Explaining or Explaining Away 472
Michael J. Murray

Part 13 Belief in God 479

37 How Real People Believe: Reason and Belief in God 481
Kelly James Clark

38 Reformed Epistemology and the Cognitive Science of Religion 500
Kelly James Clark

39 Explaining God Away? 514
Kelly James Clark

VOLUME TWO.

Introduction to Volume Two 527
Melville Y. Stewart

Part 14 Background Topics for the Science and Religion Dialogue 603

40 Reflections on the Scientific Revolution (1543–1687) 605
Owen Gingerich

41 Designing a Universe Congenial for Life 618
Owen Gingerich

Part 15 Stewardship and Economic Harmony: Living Sustainability on Earth 629

42 Earth's Biospheric Economy 631
Calvin DeWitt

43 The Steward and the Economist 645
Calvin DeWitt

44 Sustainable Living in the Biosphere 658
Calvin DeWitt

Part 16 Cosmology and Theism 671

45 God, Time, and Infinity 673
William Lane Craig

46 Time and Eternity 683
William Lane Craig

47 The End of the World 703
William Lane Craig

Part 17 Theology and Science in a Postmodern Context 721

48 Theology and Science in a Postmodern Context 723
Nancey Murphy

49 Science and Divine Action 732
Nancey Murphy

50 Theology, Science and Human Nature 740
Nancey Murphy

Part 18 Darwin and Intelligent Design 749

51 Darwin and Intelligent Design 751
Francisco J. Ayala

Part 19 The Laws of Physics and Bio-Friendliness 767

52 The Nature of the Laws of Physics and Their Mysterious Bio-Friendliness 769
Paul Davies

Part 20 Time and Open Theism 789

53 The A-Theory of Time, Presentism, and Open Theism 791
Dean Zimmerman

Part 21 Science and Scripture 811

54 A Kind of Darwinism 813
Peter van Inwagen

55 Darwinism and Design 825
Peter van Inwagen

56 Science and Scripture 835
Peter van Inwagen

Part 22 The Mutuality of Science and Theology 847

57 Science and Religion in Western History: Models and Relationships 849
Alan Padgett

58 Overcoming the Problem of Induction: Science and Religion as Ways of Knowing 862
Alan Padgett

59 God and Time: Relative Timelessness Reconsidered 884
Alan Padgett

Part 23 Physics and Scientific Materialism 893

60 The Laws of Physics and the Design of the Universe 895
Stephen M. Barr

61 The Multiverse and the State of Fundamental Physics Today 911
Stephen M. Barr

62 Philosophical Materialism and the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics 928
Stephen M. Barr

Part 24 Biotechnology and Human Dignity 943

63 Embodied Being: Evolution and the Emergence of the Human Person 945
William Hurlbut

64 Embryos, Ethics, and Human Dignity 960
William Hurlbut

65 Biotechnology and the Human Future 974
William Hurlbut

Part 25 Science, Emergence, and Religion 985

66 Freedom, Consciousness, and Science: An Emergentist Response to the Challenge 987
Philip Clayton

67 Mediating Between Physicalism and Dualism: "Broad Naturalism" and the Study of Consciousness 999
Philip Clayton

Part 26 Theories and Unobservables: The Realist/Nonrealist Debate in Science and Religion 1011

68 Scientific Realism 1013
Bruce Reichenbach

69 Religious Realism 1034
Bruce Reichenbach

70 Experience and the Unobservable 1053
Bruce Reichenbach

Glossary 1078

Index 1087

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