Mathematicians and Their Gods

Interactions Between Mathematics and Religious Beliefs

Author: Snezana Lawrence,Mark McCartney

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198703058

Category: Mathematics

Page: 298

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To open a newspaper or turn on the television it would appear that science and religion are polar opposites - mutually exclusive bedfellows competing for hearts and minds. There is little indication of the rich interaction between religion and science throughout history, much of which continues today. From ancient to modern times, mathematicians have played a key role in this interaction. This is a book on the relationship between mathematics and religious beliefs. It aims to show that, throughout scientific history, mathematics has been used to make sense of the 'big' questions of life, and theism is rich in both culture and character. Chapters cover a fascinating range of topics including the Sect of the Pythagoreans, Newton's views on the Apocalypse, Charles Dodgson's Anglican faith and Godel's proof of the existence of God.--
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The Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science

Author: John Holmes,Sharon Ruston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317042336

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 466

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Tracing the continuities and trends in the complex relationship between literature and science in the long nineteenth century, this companion provides scholars with a comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date foundation for research in this field. In intellectual, material and social terms, the transformation undergone by Western culture over the period was unprecedented. Many of these changes were grounded in the growth of science. Yet science was not a cultural monolith then any more than it is now, and its development was shaped by competing world views. To cover the full range of literary engagements with science in the nineteenth century, this companion consists of twenty-seven chapters by experts in the field, which explore crucial social and intellectual contexts for the interactions between literature and science, how science affected different genres of writing, and the importance of individual scientific disciplines and concepts within literary culture. Each chapter has its own extensive bibliography. The volume as a whole is rounded out with a synoptic introduction by the editors and an afterword by the eminent historian of nineteenth-century science Bernard Lightman.
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Science and Religion

A Historical Introduction

Author: Gary B. Ferngren

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421421720

Category: Medical

Page: 504

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Weissenbacher, Stephen P. Weldon, and Tomoko Yoshida
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Science and Religion

One World — Changing Perspectives on Reality

Author: J.W. Fennema,Paul Iain

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400920210

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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The world is increasingly becoming . one. It is, at the same time, one endangered ecosystem and one thriving market place with material and spiritual goods on competitive display. And the good and evil things of life cannot easily be sorted out. The world is becoming one also in the sense that it is better understood today than it was in earlier times, that the material good and the spiritual good, though seemingly belonging to different realms of fact defined by their respective modes of existence, together constitute effectively one and the same reality: the modem world of science, technology, computerized administration and power, that calls upon humankind to struggle for a 'just, participatory and sustainable society' * , and to strive for a society of the future that will be the world over both long-lived and worth living. The Second European Conference on Science and Religion, held on 10-13th. March, 1988, on the campus of the Universiteit Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, was meant to be a modest market place, a forum, where standpoints and opinions could be presented and criticized. It was meant to offer an opportunity to meet and to make acquaintances in the expectation that the exchange of thoughts would lead to new conceptual horizons that would challenge what so far had been considered as hard fact or what until now had been looked upon as a distinctive feature of a well-established view either of the kingdom of the sciences or of the realm of religion.
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God, Humanity and the Cosmos - 2nd Edition

A Companion to the Science-Religion Debate

Author: Christopher Southgate

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567030160

Category: Religion

Page: 443

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Contributors include: Christopher Southgate John Hedley Brooke Celia Deane-Drummond Paul D. Murray Michael Robert Negus Lawrence Osborn Michael Poole Jacqui Stewart Fraser Watts David Wilkinson This fully revised and updated edition of God, Humanity and the Cosmos includes new chapters by John Hedley Brooke, Paul D. Murray and David Wilkinson. In addition to a systematic exploration of contemporary perspectives in physics, evolutionary biology and psychology as they relate to theological descriptions of the universe, humanity and consciousness, the book now provides a thorough survey of the theological, philosophical and historical issues underpinning the science-religion debate. Contributors also examine such issues as theological responses to the ecological crisis and to biotechnology; how science is treated and valued in education; and the relation of science to Islamic thought. Dr Christopher Southgate is Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter.'
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Science and Providence

God's Interaction with the World

Author: John C. Polkinghorne

Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press

ISBN: 1599470845

Category: Religion

Page: 140

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Internationally renowned priest-scientist Dr. John C. Polkinghorne examines whether a personal, interacting God is a credible concept in today's scientific age. Encouraging the belief that there is a compatibility between the insights of science and the insights of religion, this book, previously published in the United Kingdom, focuses on the viewpoint that the world is one in which both human beings and God have the freedom to act. A modern understanding of the physical world is applied to questions of prayer and providence, such as: Do miracles happen? Can prayer change anything? Why does evil exist? Why does God allow suffering? Why does God need us to ask him? God's involvement in time is considered, from both a temporal and an eternal perspective. The roles of incarnation and sacrament are discussed in terms of whether or not they have a credible place in today's worldview. And the Final Anthropic Principle (FAP) is presented, with its attempt at a physical eschatology, showing it to be an inadequate basis for hope. Real hope can reside only with God, Polkinghorne concludes.
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Facets of Faith and Science

Author: Jitse M Van Der Meer

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: 9780819199867

Category: Religion

Page: 426

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This first volume of Facets of Faith and Science explores the specific roles of metaphysical and religious beliefs in explanation and theory construction in the natural sciences. The contributors survey modes of interaction between religion and science with special attention for the sensitivities required for their historiography. Historical studies are used to construct models integrating religion and science, and reasons are offered why religion and science should or should not interact. Chapters Include: Religious Belief and the Natural Sciences: Mapping the Historical Landscape; Scientific Work and Its Theological Dimensions: Towards a Theology of Natural Science. Co-published with The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science.
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Science and Religion

Some Historical Perspectives

Author: John Hedley Brooke

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521283748

Category: Science

Page: 422

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One of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world is the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in Western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established religious authority. The trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's Origin of Species(1859) are two famous examples. Taking account of recent scholarship in the history of science, Professor Brooke takes a fresh look at these and similar episodes, showing that science and religion have been mutually relevant in such a rich variety of ways that simple generalizations are not possible. Standing back from general theses affirming "conflict" or "harmony," which have so often served partisan interests, the author's object is to reveal the subtlety, complexity, and diversity of the interaction of science and religion as it has taken place in the past and in the twentieth century. Instead of treating science and religion as discrete definable entities, his approach is sensitive to shifting boundaries and willing to consider the contexts in which particular forms of science could be used both for religious and secular ends. The result is that, without assuming specialist knowledge, Brooke provides a wide-ranging study from the Copernican innovation to in vitro fertilization.
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The God of Covenant and Creation

Scientific Naturalism and its Challenge to the Christian Faith

Author: Larry S. Chapp

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567595277

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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A new exciting attempt to reconcile theology and science in a contemporara "theology of nature".
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