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Cambridge Companions to Religion : The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion - Peter Harrison

Cambridge Companions to Religion

The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion

By: Peter Harrison (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2010
ISBN: 9780521885386
Number Of Pages: 324

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In recent years, the relations between science and religion have been the object of renewed attention. Developments in physics, biology and the neurosciences have reinvigorated discussions about the nature of life and ultimate reality. At the same time, the growth of anti-evolutionary and intelligent design movements has led many to the view that science and religion are necessarily in conflict. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the relations between science and religion, with contributions from historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians. It explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics. The volume is rounded out with philosophical reflections on the connections between atheism and science, the nature of scientific and religious knowledge, and divine action and human freedom.

'There aren't any equations or diagrams. It's not your standard easy-going popular science. But I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants to step back and take a look at the broader picture.' Tim Middleton
'Both challenging to graduates and accessible to the layman.' Religion

Notes on contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Historical interactionsp. 19
The fate of science in patristic and medieval Christendomp. 21
Religion and the Scientific Revolutionp. 39
Natural theology and the sciencesp. 59
Religious reactions to Darwinp. 80
Science and secularizationp. 103
Religion and contemporary sciencep. 125
Scientific creationism and intelligent designp. 127
Evolution and the inevitability of intelligent lifep. 148
God, physics and the Big Bangp. 173
Psychology and theologyp. 190
Science, bioethics and religionp. 207
Philosophical perspectivesp. 227
Atheism, naturalism and science: three in one?p. 229
Divine action, emergence and scientific explanationp. 244
Science, God and cosmic purposep. 260
Ways of relating science and religionp. 278
A guide to further readingp. 296
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780521885386
ISBN-10: 0521885388
Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.65