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The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

by Philip Clayton

ISBN-10: 0199543658

ISBN-13: 9780199543656

Pub. Date: 07/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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


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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Oxford Handbooks Series
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors     xiii
Introduction   Philip Clayton     1
Religion and Science Across the World's Traditions     5
Hinduism and Science   Sangeetha Menon     7
Buddhism and Science   B. Alan Wallace     24
Judaism and Science   Norbert M. Samuelson     41
Christianity and Science   John Polkinghorne     57
Islam and Science   Seyyed Hossein Nasr     71
Indigenous Lifeways and Knowing the World   John Grim     87
Religious Naturalism and Science   Willem B. Drees     108
Atheism and Science   Peter Atkins     124
Conceiving Religion in Light of the Contemporary Sciences     137
Cosmology and Religion   Bernard Carr     139
Fundamental Physics and Religion   Kirk Wegter-McNelly     156
Molecular Biology and Religion   Martinez Hewlett     172
Evolutionary Theory and Religious Belief   Jeffrey P. Schloss     187
Ecology and Religion   Susan Power Bratton     207
Neurophenomenology and Contemplative Experience   Evan Thompson     226
Psychology, the Human Sciences, andReligion   Raymond F. Paloutzian     236
Sociology and Religion   Richard Fenn     253
Anthropology and Religion   Michael Lambek     271
The Major Fields of Religion / Science     291
Contributions from the History of Science and Religion   John Hedley Brooke     293
Contributions from the Social Sciences   Robert A. Segal     311
Contributions from the Philosophy of Science   Robin Collins     328
Contributions from Philosophical Theology and Metaphysics   Joseph A. Bracken, SJ     345
Contributions from Systematic Theology   Wolfhart Pannenberg     359
Contributions from Practical Theology and Ethics   Ted Peters     372
Contributions from Spirituality: Simplicity-Complexity-Simplicity   Pauline M. Rudd     388
Methodological Approaches to the Study of Religion and Science     405
The Scientific Landscape of Religion: Evolution, Culture, and Cognition   Scott Atran     407
Varieties of Naturalism   Owen Flanagan     430
Interpreting Science from the Standpoint of Whiteheadian Process Philosophy   David Ray Griffin     453
Anglo-American Post-modernity and the End of Theology-Science Dialogue?   Nancey Murphy     472
Trinitarian Faith Seeking Transformative Understanding   F. LeRon Shults     488
Religious Experience, Cognitive Science, and the Future of Religion   Phillip H. Wiebe     503
Toward a Comprehensive Integration of Science and Religion: A Post-metaphysical Approach   Sean Esbjorn-Hargens   Ken Wilber     523
Central Theoretical Debates in Religion and Science     547
'Science and Religion' or 'Theology and Science'?     549
Science and Theology: Their Relation at the Beginning of the Third Millenium   Michael Welker     551
Religion-and-Science   Philip Hefner     562
Science, Theology, and Divine Action     577
Quantum Physics and the Theology of Non-Interventionist Objective Divine Action   Robert John Russell     579
Theologies of Divine Action   Thomas F. Tracy     596
Ground-of-Being Theologies   Wesley J. Wildman     612
Panentheism and its Critics     633
The Potential of Panentheism for Dialogue between Science and Religion   Michael W. Brierley     635
Problems in Panentheism   Owen C. Thomas     652
Evolution, Creation, and Belief in God      665
Evolution, Religion, and Science   William B. Provine     667
Darwinism   Alister E. McGrath     681
God and Evolution   John F. Haught     697
Intelligent Design and its Critics     713
In Defence of Intelligent Design   William A. Dembski     715
The Pre-modern Sins of Intelligent Design   Robert T. Pennock     732
Theologies of Emergent Complexity and their Critics     749
Physics, Complexity, and the Science-Religion Debate   George F. R. Ellis     751
Emergence and Complexity   Niels Henrik Gregersen     767
Emergence, Theology, and the Manifest Image   Michael Silberstein     784
The Hidden Battles over Emergence   Carl Gillett     801
Feminist Approaches     819
Going Public: Feminist Epistemologies, Hannah Arendt, and the Science-and-Religion Discourse   Lisa L. Stenmark     821
Feminist Perspectives in Medicine and Bioethics   Ann Pederson     836
Human Nature and Ethics     851
The Sacred Emergence of Nature   Ursula Goodenough   Terrence W. Deacon     853
Science, Ethics, and the Human Spirit   William B. Hurlbut      872
Values Issues in Religion and Science     889
Theology, Ecology, and Values   Celia Deane-Drummond     891
Environmental Ethics and Religion/Science   Holmes Rolston III     908
Biotechnology and the Religion-Science Discussion   Ronald Cole-Turner     929
Relations between Homo sapiens and Other Animals: Scientific and Religious Arguments   Nancy R. Howell     945
Concluding Reflections: Dover Beach Revisited   Mary Midgley     962
Index     979

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