When Science Meets Religion   -     By: Ian Barbour
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HarperCollins / 2000 / Paperback

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Ian Barbour is the winner of the 1999 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, as well as a professor emeritus of pyhsics and religion at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In When Science Meets Religion he offers a wonderful illumination of the critical encounter between the spiritual and quantitative dimensions of life. He focuses on six foundational questions which have arisen in the interaction between science and religion.

Question one concerns the overall relationship between science and religion. Are science and religion enemies? Or are they two equally valid but divergent ways of viewing life? Can one combine the materialistic insights of science with the moral insights of religion?

Question two concerns the interpretation of cosmic history. What does the Big Bang signify, if it is an actual event? Does a specific beginning point to the presence of a creator?

Question three focuses on how quantum physics has changed the way we look at time, causality, and the nature of reality. Quantum physics is inherently uncertain and, to some extent, unquantifiable. How does this relate to the knowability of the future? Does God answer the questions raised in quantum physics?

Question four centers on Darwinism and evolution. Did God create the universe as it is, or did he create it through the process of evolution? God transcends nature; is he also immanent in it? Is the idea of continual creation viable?

Question five looks at genetics and issues related to human nature. Can the traditional view of a dualism between body and soul or matter and mind stand up to genetic analysis? What is the connection between being a biological organism and a responsible self?

Question six investigates whether predestination (a divine blueprint) is consistent with what we know about how the world works and what we know about evil. Does God have to limit himself in his dealings with creation, particularly with humans? When God is said to act in the world is it a violation of the laws of science?

You may not agree with all of Barbour's answers, but the questions will certainly stimulate thought. A fascinating and illuminating book.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 205
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.1 X 5.3 X .5 (inches)
ISBN: 006060381X
ISBN-13: 9780060603816
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Publisher's Description

The Definitive Introduction To

The Relationship Between

Religion And Science

∗ In The Beginning: Why Did the Big Bang Occur?

∗ Quantum Physics: A Challenge to Our Assumptions About Reality?

∗ Darwin And Genesis: Is Evolution God′s Way of Creating?

∗ Human Nature: Are We Determined by Our Genes?

∗ God And Nature: Can God Act in a Law-Bound World?

Over the centuries and into the new millennium, scientists, theologians, and the general public have shared many questions about the implications of scientific discoveries for religious faith. Nuclear physicist and theologian Ian Barbour, winner of the 1999 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for his pioneering role in advancing the study of religion and science, presents a clear, contemporary introduction to the essential issues, ideas, and solutions in the relationship between religion and science. In simple, straightforward language, Barbour explores the fascinating topics that illuminate the critical encounter of the spiritual and quantitative dimensions of life.

Author Bio

Ian G. Barbour has retired from Carleton College where he was professor of physics, professor of religion, and Bean Professor of Science, Technology, and Society. The "preeminent synthetic in the field" (Cross Currents,) he is the author of several influential books, including Ethics in an Age of Technology and Myths Models, and Paradigms, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He gave the world-renowned Gifford Lectures, 1989-1991.

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