Understanding Religion and Science
This is the fully comprehensive textbook covering the issues, methods and relations between religion and science throughout history and up to the modern day. Most texts on religion and science rightly focus on the effect of modern cosmology and biology...
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This is the fully comprehensive textbook covering the issues, methods and relations between religion and science throughout history and up to the modern day. Most texts on religion and science rightly focus on the effect of modern cosmology and biology on views about God and on the place of humankind in the universe. Many analyze current disputes about Intelligent Design. Some add useful material about notions the soul and inner freedom. A few offer thoughts about miracles. Others devote time to differences in methods in religion and science. "Understanding Religion and Science covers" all those topics well and clearly. This textbook also reviews relevant historical and philosophical background, showing, for example, that some ancient Christians speculated on how God might give order to history without having to intervene, or that the very earliest Christians did not believe in a naturally immortal soul. Finally, the text asks why people differ in their basic commitments, some giving priority to a religiously meaningful life, others willing to face even the most uncomfortable conclusions. The author suggests this may be a divide not easily bridged..This book will appeal to students of Religion and of Science and Religion Studies.
Michael H. Barnes is Professor of Religious Studies and Alumni Chair in Humanities, The University of Dayton.ý
- Introduction; Section One - Method In Religion: Relations Between Faith And Reason; Section Two - The Method Of Science: How Does It Arrive At Its Conclusions?; Section Three - God: What Sort Of God Can Science Best Get Along With?; Section Four - Miracles: Does God Intervene In Natural Processes?; Section Five. Cosmic Evolution: How Did We Get Here? (1); Section Six - Biological Evolution: How Did We Get Here? (2); Section Seven - Human Nature: Who Are We?; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.