Faith and Wisdom in Science
Faith and Wisdom in Science presents science as the current flourishing of a very old and deeply human story. Weaving material from the modern science of the unpredictable together with ancient biblical and historical material it takes a fresh approach...
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Faith and Wisdom in Science presents science as the current flourishing of a very old and deeply human story. Weaving material from the modern science of the unpredictable together with ancient biblical and historical material it takes a fresh approach to the 'science and religion' debate - taking a scientist's reading of the enigmatic and beautiful Book of Job as a centrepiece, and asking what science might ultimately be for. It makes the case for astory as human as any other - pain, love, desire, reconciliation, risk and healing emerge as surprising ingredients without which science is rootless. Rather than conflicting with faith, science can be seen as adeeply religious activity. There are urgent messages for the way we both celebrate and govern science.
Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University and also chairs the Royal Society's education committee. He is also an Anglican lay reader and has written and spoken about issues in faith and science since he was a student. He has written Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP 2014) and is a regular speaker at churches, universities, on media and festivals (Greenbelt 2015).
- Introduction ; 1. A Clamour Of Voices ; 2. What's In A Name? Stories Of Natural Philosophy, Modern And Ancient ; 3. Creation, Curiosity And Pain: Natural Wisdom In The Old Testament ; 4. Order And Chaos: The Comet, The Storm And The Earthquake ; 5. At The Summit: The Book Of Job ; 6. Creation And Reconciliation: The New Testament Creation Narratives ; 7. A Theology Of Science? ; 8. Mending Our Ways, Sharing Our Science And Figuring The Future ; Epilogue: A Parable For Science