Creative Tension: Essays on Science and Religion
Creative Tension: Essays on Science and Religion   -     By: Michael Heller
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Creative Tension introduces a new voice to the growing global dialogue on science and religion. Heller, a renowned professor of philosophy in Poland, who is also a Roman Catholic priest, addresses the question of whether one can be both religious and a scientist at the same time. Through a series of sequential essays, he explores stages through which one can synthesize the different and demanding activities of science and religion into one coherent way of life. The book begins with methodological evaluation of the theological interpretation of scientific theories, culminating in a proposal for a "theology of science." Next, the interplay of science and religion are considered from a historical perspective, and the evolution of ideas connected with man;s place in the universe and the evolution of matter are discussed. These pave the way to the "real encounter" when theology explores creation, and science tries to decipher the structure of the universe with the help of mathematical and empirical methods. Heller's analytic and systematic studies incorporate questions designed to open the intuition. "Does not what today transcends the limits of science suggest something that transcends the limits of all scientific methods", he queries? "Does not the fact that the world can, after all, be put into abstract formulae and equations suggest to us that the abstract thought is more significant than concrete matter?" In the end, Heller looks for vestiges of transcedence in some key issues of contemporary science and discusses the theological implications of his conclusions.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Templeton Foundation Press
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1932031340
ISBN-13: 9781932031348

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The voice of a renowned professor of philosophy in Poland, who is also a Roman Catholic priest, is introduced to the United States in this collection of his provocative essays on the interplay of science and religion. Michael Heller progressively outlines systematic steps that might lead to a peaceful coexistence of these traditionally separate fields of study. Some essays have their roots in the author's work in physics and cosmology, while others present his theories on the language of God, creation, and transcendence, inspired by his work in the applications of so-called noncommutative geometry, an emerging field of study.The book is organized into four sections, each preceded by a brief introduction explaining the order of the essays and their internal logic.Part one deals with methodology, evaluates the theological interpretation of scientific theories, and proposes a program for a "theology of science."Part two looks at the interaction of science and religion from a historical perspective. Topics include the evolution of ideas connected with the place of man in the Universe and the evolution of matter, among others.Part three concentrates on the "creation and science" quandary, including the big bang theory and the role of probability and chance in science, well as their impact on theological questions.Part four looks for vestiges of transcendence in contemporary science."Creative Tension" joins the Templeton library of resources contributing to the growing global dialogue on science and religion.

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