Science Of God

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"In his new book, Science of God: Truth in the Age of Science, Kevin Sharpe proposes a method for practicing theology which does not divorce it from the practical applications of science. Not only does this book establish that theology ought to be empirical in what it says about the world and God's relationship to it, but it also outlines a clear method for accomplishing this goal. Science and theology can both share the same empirical method: when each attempts a description of any part of reality, it is relying on its own essential assumptions or lens. When applied to theology, the method assumes the existence of God and then seeks the nature of God using falsifiable and verifiable techniques." Starting with the sciences that examine happiness - particularly biology, genetics, psychology and social psychology - Science of God seeks to understand the spiritual nature of humans and, through it, the nature of God.
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Editorial Reviews

For anyone seriously interested in this relationship [theology and science], this work will be thought-provoking. Summing Up: Recommended.
Michael Ruse
Kevin Sharpe is a research-level scientist and a trained theologian. His dual nature shines through with much sparkle and insight in his new book, Science of God. Everyone interested in the science-religion relationship must read this book.
For anyone seriously interested in this relationship [theology and science], this work will be thought-provoking. Summing Up: Recommended.
January 2009 Journal of Religion
The book explores this new vista in plain language accessible to the nonexpert.... Kevin Sharpe extends and refines his long-standing effort to bridge the gap between science and theology.
Philip Hefner
Clear your calendar and give your attention to Kevin Sharpe’s new book. To say that it is the book of the year may be an understatement. He is impatient with theology and particularly with its ways of interacting with the sciences. His discussion is polemical, combining candor of critique with courtesy of spirit—but it is also constructive. He deals with fundamental issues and offers proposals that are foundational. This book should engage both theologians and scientists for years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742542679
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Sharpe is Chair of the Arts and Sciences Concentration, Graduate College, at Union Institute and University and a member of the faculty at Oxford University. He is author ofHas Science Displaced the Soul? Debating Love and Happiness with Rebecca Bryant.

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Table of Contents

Preface : a failure of science and religion 1
1 God the mystery : the rising question on method 11
2 God the outcast : model making 25
3 God removed : challenges from an extreme 45
4 "God" required : why the scientific method for theology 121
5 "God" constructed, yet God real : help from philosophy of science 131
6 "God" the lens : key-theology as a science 145
7 God ignored : contemporary scholars fail 211
8 God acknowledged : refashioned theology 237
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