Science and Religion: A New Introduction

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 23, 2011 - Religion - 264 pages
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Now thoroughly updated to reflect the latest debates, this populartextbook introduces readers to the central questions in the fieldof science and religion. Ideally suited to those who have little orno prior knowledge in either area, it incorporates numerousstudent-friendly features, including maps, summaries, andhistorical references, resulting in the most up-to-dateintroduction to the study of religion and the natural sciencesavailable.
  • Examines the historical, theological, philosophical andscientific aspects of the interaction between religion andscience
  • Fully updated to reflect current, cutting-edge debates onscientific atheism and the limits of scientific method, anddiscussions about the relationship between science and religion inmajor world faiths
  • Includes a historical component to enable readers to orientatethemselves within the subject
  • Takes a topic based approach which fits into the existingstructure of most courses, and includes explanatory material notfound in other works of this kind, making it highly accessible forthose with little scientific or religious background knowledge
  • Incorporates illustrations, tables, maps, summaries andquestions for a lively and engaging approach to the subject
  • Written by world-renowned theologian, Alister McGrath; authorof bestselling books such as Dawkins’ God, and anacknowledged expert in the field of science and religion
 

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Contents

Why Study History?
Debate 1 Copernicus Galileo and the Solar System
Debate 2 Newton the Mechanical Universe
Debate 3 Darwin and the Biological Origins
Models of Interaction Between Science and Religion
Science Religion and Proofs for Gods Existence
Verification and Falsification in Science and Religion
Realism and its Alternatives in Science and Religion
The Development of Theory in Science and Religion
The Interaction of Science and Religion in Other
Richard Dawkins and Scientific Atheism Does
uantum Theo Com Iementarit in Science
Evolutionary Psychology The Origins of Religious
The Psychology of Religion Exploring Religious
The Cognitive Science of Religion Is Religion
Case Studies in Science and Religion

The Doctrine of Creation and the Natural Sciences
How Does God Act in the World?
The Use of Models in Science and Religion
Natural Science and Natural Theology
Theoretical Anomalies in Science and Religion
Thomas F Torrance 191320071
Ian G Barbour born 1923
Wolfhart Pannenberg born 1928
John Polkinghorne born 1930
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Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King’s College, London. He is the author of numerous bestselling titles, including Dawkins’ God (2004), Theology: The Basics (2004), Christianity: An Introduction, 2nd edition (2006), Christian Theology, 4th edition (2007) and The Christian Theology Reader, 3rd edition (2007), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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