Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues / Edition 1

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Addressing the complex issues at the interface of science and religion, this introductory textbook examines a range of basic scientific topics and their theological responses, including methodology, cosmology, evolution, and contemporary bio-ethical and environmental concerns. Examples and careful explanations of scientific concepts are included throughout. To shed light on the various issues at the crossroads of religion and science, the text also delves into the past to examine ideas from early scientists and theologians that have helped shape current thinking. While diverse viewpoints are considered, the focus of the text is on theological responses to science from a Christian perspective, and emphasizes areas where science and religion merge, rather than where they conflict.

Taking a balanced approach to the main debates, each chapter is accompanied by discussion questions and a list of biblical passages and relevant primary readings by a wide range of scientists and theologians. Timely, and without engaging in advocacy, Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues is an accessible introduction to the fascinating interface of science and theology.

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“This is a well presented and interesting book written in a clear and economic style . . . These suggestions are made in the hope that this excellent work could become essential reading for courses in this country on science and religion.”  (Science and Religion, 1 November 2012)

"Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (Choice, 1 March 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405189651
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Morvillo is Associate Professor of Biology at Florida Southern College and co-director of the Florida Center for Science and Religion. She mentors undergraduate students in original genetic research and has published in a variety of scientific and educational journals.

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Table of Contents

List of figures vi

List of tables viii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Systems of Thought 3

1 Learning from the Past 5

2 How We Know What We Know 21

3 Common Threads and Ultimate Truths 42

Part II Cosmology 49

4 Scientific Explanations of the Cosmos 51

5 Creation Myths 77

6 Current Understandings of the Universe 95

7 Eschatology 120

Part III Evolution 139

8 Darwin Changes Everything 141

9 Scientific Explanations of the Origin of Life 157

10 Evidence for Evolution 185

11 Evolution and Design 211

12 Human Evolution 234

Part IV Ethics in an Age of Science 261

13 What It Means to be Human 263

14 Modern-Day Marvels: Biotechnology and Medicine 279

15 Stewardship and the Environment 313

Further Reading 343

Source Acknowledgments 348

Index 349

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