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The field of 'religion and science' is exploding in popularity among academics as well as the general reading public. Spawning an increasing number of conferences and courses, this field has shown an unprecedented rate of growth in recent years. Here for the first time is a single-volume introduction to the debate, written by the leading experts.
Making no pretence to encyclopaedic neutrality, each chapter defends a major intellectual position - at the heart of the book is a series of 'pro' and 'con' papers, covering each of the current 'hot topics' (such as evolution versus creation, naturalism versus the supernatural). In addition to treatments of questions of methodology and implications for life and practice, the Handbook includes sections devoted to the major scientific disciplines, the major world religions, and the main sub-disciplines in this exciting and ever-expanding field of study.
1. Introduction; I.RELIGION AND SCIENCE ACROSS THE WORLD'S TRADITIONS; 2. Hinduism and Science; 3. Buddhism and Science; 4. Judaism and Science; 5. Christianity and Science; 6. Islam and Science; 7. Indigenous Lifeways and Knowing the World; 8. Religious Naturalism and Science; 9. Atheism and Science; II. CONCEIVING RELIGION IN LIGHT OF THE CONTEMPORARY SCIENCES; 10. Cosmology and Religion; 11. Fundamental Physics and Religion; 12. Molecular Biology and Religion; 13. Evolutionary Theory and Religion; 14. Ecology and Religion; 15. The Neurosciences and Religion; 16. Psychology, the Human Sciences, and Religion; 17. Sociology and Religion; 18. Anthropology and Religion; III. THE MAJOR FIELDS OF RELIGION/SCIENCE; 19. Contributions from the History of Science and Religion; 20. Contributions from Religious Studies; 21. Contributions from the Philosophy of Science; 22. Contributions from Philosophical Theology and Metaphysics; 23. Contributions from Systematic Theology; 24. Contributions from Practical Theology and Ethics; 25. Simplicity - Complexity - Simplicity: The Perspectives of Spirituality; IV. METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION AND SCIENCE; 26. The Scientific Landscape of Religion: Evolution, Culture, and Cognition; 27. Varieties of Naturalism; 28. Interpreting Science from the Standpoint of Whitheadian Process Philosophy; 29. Anglo-American Postmodernity and the End of Theology-Science Dialogue?; 30. Trinitarian Faith Seeking Transformative Understanding; 31. Religious Experience, Cognitive Science, and the Future of Religion; 32. Toward a Comprehensive Integration of Science and Religion: A Post-Metaphysical Approach; V. CENTRAL THEORETICAL DEBATES IN RELIGION AND SCIENCE; 'SCIENCE AND RELIGION' OR 'THEOLOGY AND SCIENCE'?; 33. Science and Theology: Their Relation at the Beginning of the Third Millennium; 34. Religion-and-Science; SCIENCE, THEOLOGY, AND DIVINE ACTION; 35. Quantum Physics and the Theology of Non-Interventionist Objective Divine Action; 36. Theologies of Divine Action; 37. Ground-of-Being Theologies; PANENTHEISM AND ITS CRITICS; 38. The Potential of Panentheism for Dialogue between Science and Religion; 39. Problems in Panentheism; EVOLUTION, CREATION, AND BELIEF IN GOD; 40. Evolution, Religion, and Science; 41. Darwinism; 42. God and Evolution; INTELLIGENT DESIGN AND ITS CRITICS; 43. In Defence of Intelligent Design; 44. The Premodern Sins of Intelligent Design; THEOLOGIES OF EMERGENT COMPLEXITY AND THEIR CRITICS; 45. Physics, Complexity, and the Science-Religion Debate; 46. Emergence and Complexity; 47. Emergence, Theology, and the Manifest Image; 48. The Hidden Battles over Emergence; FEMINIST APPROACHES; 49. Going Public: Feminist Epistemologies, Hannah Arendt, and the Science and Religion Discourse; 50. Feminist Perspectives in Medicine and Bioethics; HUMAN NATURE AND ETHICS; 51. Emergence, Ethics, and Religious Naturalism; 52. Science, Ethics, and the Human Spirit; VI. VALUES ISSUES IN RELIGION AND SCIENCE; 53. Theology and Ecology; 54. Environmental Ethics and Religion/Science; 55. Biotechnology and the Religion-Science Discussion; 56. Relations between Homo sapiens and Other Animals: Scientific and Religious Arguments; 57. Dover Beach Revisited: Concluding Reflections
the editors have been very skillful ... I hope I have said enough to indicate the richness, reach and seriousness of this weighty contribution. Christopher Southgate, Science & Christian Belief