The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Paperback | April 14, 2008

EditorPhilip Clayton

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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-volumeintroduction 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 versuscreation, 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 andever-expanding field of study.

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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-volumeintroduction to the debate, written by the leadin...

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor at the Claremont School of Theology and a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the Claremont Graduate University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1040 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.17 inPublished:April 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Philip Clayton: IntroductionI.Religion and Science across the World's Traditions2. Sangeetha Menon: Hinduism and Science3. B. Alan Wallace: Buddhism and Science4. Norbert M. Samuelson: Judaism and Science5. John Polkinghorne: Christianity and Science6. Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Islam and Science7. John Grim: Indigenous Lifeways and Knowing the World8. Willem Drees: Religious Naturalism and Science9. Peter Atkins: Atheism and ScienceII. Conceiving Religion in Light of the Contemporary Sciences10. Bernard Carr: Cosmology and Religion11. Kirk Wegter-McNelly: Fundamental Physics and Religion12. Martinez Hewlett: Molecular Biology and Religion13. Jeffrey P. Schloss: Evolutionary Theory and Religion14. Susan Bratton: Ecology and Religion15. Evan Thompson: The Neurosciences and Religion16. Raymond F. Paloutzian: Psychology, the Human Sciences, and Religion17. Richard Fenn: Sociology and Religion18. Michael Lambek: Anthropology and ReligionIII. The Major Fields of Religion/Science19. John Hedley Brooke: Contributions from the History of Science and Religion20. Robert A. Segal: Contributions from Religious Studies21. Robin Collins: Contributions from the Philosophy of Science22. Joseph Bracken: Contributions from Philosophical Theology and Metaphysics23. Wolfhart Pannenberg: Contributions from Systematic Theology24. Ted Peters: Contributions from Practical Theology and Ethics25. Pauline Rudd: Simplicity - Complexity - Simplicity: The Perspectives of SpiritualityIV. Methodological Approaches to the Study of Religion and Science26. Scott Atran: The Scientific Landscape of Religion: Evolution, Culture, and Cognition27. Owen Flanagan: Varieties of Naturalism28. David Ray Griffin: Interpreting Science from the Standpoint of Whitheadian Process Philosophy29. Nancey Murphy: Anglo-American Postmodernity and the End of Theology-Science Dialogue?30. F. LeRon Shults: Trinitarian Faith Seeking Transformative Understanding31. Phillip H. Wiebe: Religious Experience, Cognitive Science, and the Future of Religion32. Ken Wilber and Sean Esbjorn-Hargens: Toward a Comprehensive Integration of Science and Religion: A Post-Metaphysical ApproachV. Central Theoretical Debates in Religion and Science`Science and Religion' or `Theology and Science'?33. Michael Welker: Science and Theology: Their Relation at the Beginning of the Third Millennium34. Philip Hefner: Religion-and-ScienceScience, Theology, and Divine Action35. Robert John Russell: Quantum Physics and the Theology of Non-Interventionist Objective Divine Action36. Tom Tracy: Theologies of Divine Action37. Wesley J. Wildman: Ground-of-Being TheologiesPanentheism and its Critics38. Michael Brierley: The Potential of Panentheism for Dialogue between Science and Religion39. Owen C. Thomas: Problems in PanentheismEvolution, Creation, and Belief in God40. Will B. Provine: Evolution, Religion, and Science41. Alister E. McGrath: Darwinism42. John F. Haught: God and EvolutionIntelligent Design and its Critics43. William Dembski: In Defence of Intelligent Design44. Robert T. Pennock: The Premodern Sins of Intelligent DesignTheologies of Emergent Complexity and their Critics45. George F. R. Ellis: Physics, Complexity, and the Science-Religion Debate46. Niels Henrik Gregersen: Emergence and Complexity47. Michael Silberstein: Emergence, Theology, and the Manifest Image48. Carl Gillett: The Hidden Battles over EmergenceFeminist Approaches49. Lisa L. Stenmark: Going Public: Feminist Epistemologies, Hannah Arendt, and the Science and Religion Discourse50. Ann Pedersen: Feminist Perspectives in Medicine and BioethicsHuman Nature and Ethics51. Ursula Goodenough and Terrence W. Deacon: Emergence, Ethics, and Religious Naturalism52. William B. Hurlbut: Science, Ethics, and the Human SpiritVI. Values Issues in Religion and Science53. Celia Deane-Drummond: Theology and Ecology54. Holmes Rolston III: Environmental Ethics and Religion/Science55. Ron Cole-Turner: Biotechnology and the Religion-Science Discussion56. Nancy R. Howell: Relations between Homo sapiens and Other Animals: Scientific and Religious Arguments57. Mary Midgley: Dover Beach Revisited: Concluding Reflections

Editorial Reviews

`This volume offers an impressive combination of breadth and clarity: breadth in the inclusion of experts from all the major world religions and scientific disciplines, and clarity in focusing attention on the similarities and differences among these diverse traditions and disciplines. Ofparticular interest is a section presenting pro and con views on eight issues currently debated in this burgeoning interdisciplinary field.'Ian G. Barbour, Author ofWhen Science Meets Religion