The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion

The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion

by Peter Harrison
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The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion

In recent years, the relations between science and religion have been the object of renewed attention. Developments in physics, biology and the neurosciences have reinvigorated discussions about the nature of life and ultimate reality. At the same time, the growth of anti-evolutionary and intelligent design movements has led many to the view that science and religion are necessarily in conflict. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the relations between science and religion, with contributions from historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians. It explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics. The volume is rounded out with philosophical reflections on the connections between atheism and science, the nature of scientific and religious knowledge, and divine action and human freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521712514
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 996,771
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors ix

Introduction Peter Harrison 1

Part I Historical interactions 19

1 The fate of science in patristic and medieval Christendom David C. Lindberg 21

2 Religion and the Scientific Revolution John Henry 39

3 Natural theology and the sciences Jonathan R. Topham 59

4 Religious reactions to Darwin Jon H. Roberts 80

5 Science and secularization John Hedley Brooke 103

Part II Religion and contemporary science 125

6 Scientific creationism and intelligent design Ronald L. Numbers 127

7 Evolution and the inevitability of intelligent life Simon Conway Morris 148

8 God, physics and the Big Bang William R. Stoeger, SJ 173

9 Psychology and theology Fraser Watts 190

10 Science, bioethics and religion John H. Evans 207

Part III Philosophical perspectives 227

11 Atheism, naturalism and science: three in one? Michael Ruse 229

12 Divine action, emergence and scientific explanation Nancey Murphy 244

13 Science, God and cosmic purpose John Haught 260

14 Ways of relating science and religion Mikael Stenmark 278

A guide to further reading 296

Index 303

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