Science and Religion: An Introduction (2nd Ed)
Since its publication in 1999, Science and Religion: An Introduction has sold steadily and well. For many courses, especially in the US, it has been the textbook of first choice. However, the book is now sadly out of date and...
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Since its publication in 1999, Science and Religion: An Introduction has sold steadily and well. For many courses, especially in the US, it has been the textbook of first choice. However, the book is now sadly out of date and needs revising. The plan is to build on the strong points of the first edition: introductory level, assuming no prior knowledge of either science or religion; a topic-based approach which fits into the existing structure of most courses; an historical component so that readers can orientate themselves within the subject.In addition to these strengths, we also propose to increase the appeal of the book in the following ways: make the coverage the most up-to-date there is in the market-place; include material on other religions - most courses are still based on Christianity but there is a need to offer some material on the relationship beween science and religion in the major world faiths as a point of comparison; include material on the really cutting-edge debates raging now (e.g. Dawkins, et al) on scientific atheism and the limits of the scientific method; include illustrations, tables, maps, as well as introductions, summaries and questions in order to make the text look lively and enagaging. This is a serious flaw with all the other competing texts.The result should be a textbook which can once again become the number one book. At the moment the sales are split amongst a range of texts, all of which have serious flaws. Since the original publication of Science and Religion, this subject area has grown tremendously and the audience is must larger than before.
Now thoroughly updated to reflect the latest debates, this popular textbook introduces readers to the central questions in the field of science and religion. Ideally suited to those who have little or no prior knowledge in either area, it incorporates numerous student-friendly features, including maps, summaries, and historical references, resulting in the most up-to-date introduction to the study of religion and the natural sciences available. Examines the historical, theological, philosophical and scientific aspects of the interaction between religion and science Fully updated to reflect current, cutting-edge debates on scientific atheism and the limits of scientific method, and discussions about the relationship between science and religion in major world faiths Includes a historical component to enable readers to orientate themselves within the subject Takes a topic based approach which fits into the existing structure of most courses, and includes explanatory material not found i
Scientist, and former atheist, turned internationally-regarded theologian and prolific author, Revd Professor Alister McGrath, (D.Phil (Oxon), earned D.D. (Oxon) has been appointed to the newly created Chair in Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College, London. Formerly he was Professor of Historical Theology, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.
He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous bestselling titles including The Christian Theology Reader; Theology; Christianity: An Introduction; A Brief History of Heaven, and Dawkins' God .
McGrath is an Evangelical on the cutting edge of the interface between Theology and Science, and Theology within post-modern culture as indicated by his most recent publications A Fine-Tuned Universe? Anthropic Phenomena and Natural Theology(2009),The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine and The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology.
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- Preface Vii How To Use This Book Ix 1 Introducing The Dialogue Between Science And Religion 1 Part I History: Three Landmark Debates 7 2 Why Study History? 9 3 Debate 1: Copernicus, Galileo, And The Solar System 17 4 Debate 2: Newton, The Mechanical Universe, And Deism 26 5 Debate 3: Darwin And The Biological Origins Of Humanity 33 Part Ii Science And Religion: General Themes 43 6 Models Of Interaction Between Science And Religion 45 7 Science, Religion, And The Explanation Of Things 51 8 Science, Religion, And Proofs For God's Existence 59 9 Verifi Cation And Falsifi Cation In Science And Religion 67 10 Realism And Its Alternatives In Science And Religion 76 11 The Doctrine Of Creation And The Natural Sciences 84 12 How Does God Act In The World? 93 13 The Use Of Models In Science And Religion 102 14 Natural Science And Natural Theology 110 15 Theoretical Anomalies In Science And Religion 120 16 The Development Of Theory In Science And Religion 128 17 The Interaction Of Science And Religion In Other Faiths 135 Part Iii Science And Religion: Contemporary Debates 143 18 Richard Dawkins And Scientifi C Atheism: Does Science Deny God? 145 19 Cosmology: Does The Anthropic Principle Mean Anything? 151 20 Quantum Theory: Complementarity In Science And Religion 157 21 Evolutionary Biology: Can One Speak Of "design" In Nature? 163 22 Evolutionary Psychology: The Origins Of Religious Belief 169 23 The Psychology Of Religion: Exploring Religious Experience 175 24 The Cognitive Science Of Religion: Is Religion "natural"? 184 Part Iv Case Studies In Science And Religion 191 25 Pierre Teilhard De Chardin (1881-1955) 193 26 Thomas F. Torrance (1913-2007) 197 27 Charles A. Coulson (1910-74) 201 28 Ian G. Barbour (born 1923) 205 29 Arthur Peacocke (1924-2006) 209 30 Wolfhart Pannenberg (born 1928) 213 31 John Polkinghorne (born 1930) 217 32 Nancey Murphy (born 1951) 221 33 Alister E. Mcgrath (born 1953) 225 34 Philip Clayton (born 1956) 229 Conclusion 233 References 235 Index 240