What might be described as a Pentecostal worldview has become a powerful cultural phenomenon, but it is often at odds with modernity and globalization. Science and the Spirit confronts questions of spirituality in the face of contemporary science. The essays in this volume illustrate how Pentecostalism can usefully engage with technology and scientific discovery and consider what might be distinctive about a Pentecostal dialogue with the sciences. The authors conclude that Pentecostals, with their unique perspectives on spirituality, can contribute new insights for a productive interaction between theology and science.
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About the Author
James K. A. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College.
Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Science and the Spirit-Questions and Possibilities in the Pentecostal Engagement with Science James K. A. Smith Amos Yong 1
Part 1 What Hath Azusa Street to do with Mit? The Big Questions
1 What Have the Galapagos to Do with Jerusalem? Scientific Knowledge in Theological Context Telford Work 15
2 Is There Room for Surprise in the Natural World? Naturalism, the Supernatural, and Pentecostal Spirituality James K. A. Smith 34
3 How Does God Do What God Does? Pentecostal-Charismatic Perspectives on Divine Action in Dialogue with Modern Science Amos Yong 50
Part 2 The Spirit of Matter: Questions and Possibilities in the Natural Sciences
4 Does God Have a Place in the Physical Universe? Physics and the Quest for the Holy Spirit Wolfgang Vondey 75
5 Does the Spirit Create through Evolutionary Processes? Pentecostals and Biological Evolution Steve Badger Mike Tenneson 92
6 Can Religious Experience Be Reduced to Brain Activity? The Place and Significance of Pentecostal Narrative Frederick L. Ware 117
7 Serotonin and Spirit: Can There Be a Holistic Pentecostal Approach to Mental Illness? Donald F. Calbreath 133
Part 3 The Human Spirit: Questions and Possibilities in the Social and Technological Sciences
8 Can Social Scientists Dance? Participating in Science, Spirit, and Social Reconstruction as an Anthropologist and Afropentecostal Craig Scandrett-Leatherman 155
9 Is Integrating Spirit and Sociology Possible? A Postmodern Research Odyssey Margaret M. Poloma 174
10 Is There Room for the Spirit in a World Dominated by Technology? Pentecostals and the Technological World Dennis W. Cheek 192
List of Contributors 209
What People are Saying About This
This book is a sign that the Spirit still initiates wonder. In fact, science may need to embrace the Spirit described in this book as much as Pentecostals need to embrace the natural wold also described herein. This volume puts the Ghost back in the machineand in all creation, for that matter.
Science and the Spirit should be required reading not only for undergraduates committed to various Pentecostal traditions, but to all who have an interest in the engagement of faith traditions with the sciences in a manner that respects and deepens the appreciation of both while denying neither.
This book illustrates something of the current, very preliminary, engagement that is beginning to take place between Pentecostal Christians and 'science' very broadly defined. It is a significant project.
Argues for a healthy relationship between science and Pentecostalism.