Bridging Science and Religion brings together distin-guished contributors to the sciences, comparative philosophy, and religious studies to address the most important current questions in the field. Sponsored by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, it is an ideal starting point for novices, yet has much to offer academics, professionals, and students.
Part 1 establishes a working methodology for bridge-building between scientific and religious approaches to reality. Part 2 lays down the challenge to current theological and ethical positions from genetics, neuroscience, natural law, and evolutionary biology. Part 3 offers a religious response to modern science from scholars working out of Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Orthodox, Latin American Catholic, and Chinese contexts.
Showcasing attitudes toward science from outside the West and an inclusive and comparative perspective, Bridging Science and Religion brings a new and timely dimension to this burgeoning field.
Table of Contents
|Notes on the Contributors||vii|
|Part 1||Methodology: How Bridges are Built|
|1||Science and Theology: Mutual Interaction||19|
|2||Bridging Theology and Science in a Postmodern Age||35|
|Part 2||Constructing Scientific Spans|
|3||Natural Law and Divine Action||49|
|4||Biological Evolution in Science and Theology||69|
|5||Genetics, Theology, and Ethics||80|
|6||Neuroscience, the Human Person, and God||107|
|Part 3||Constructing Religious Spans|
|7||God's Two Books: Special Revelation and Natural Science in the Christian West||123|
|8||Traditional Islam and Modern Science||141|
|9||Buddhism and the Sciences: Historical Background, Contemporary Developments||153|
|10||The Nature of Being Human||173|
|11||Traditional Hinduism and Modern Science||185|
|12||Cosmology, Evolution, and Biotechnology||196|
|13||Science and Ethics in Judaism: Discernment and Discourse||213|
|Authors' Bibliographies and Further Reading||234|