Throughout, the book retains the highly personal character of the university lectures, general respect for those with whom the author disagrees, and a delightful sense of humor.
Author: Henry F. Schaefer
Publisher: The Apollos Trust
In Science and Christianity: CONFLICT OR COHERENCE? Dr. Henry F. Schaefer's university lectures have been expanded to full-length essays. Thus we have a first-hand account of the lively current science/Christianity discussions by one of the major participants. Science and Christianity describes why and how Dr. Schaefer became a Christian as a young professor of Chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley. Throughout, the book retains the highly personal character of the university lectures, general respect for those with whom the author disagrees, and a delightful sense of humor.
Science. without. God: Natural. Laws. and. Christian. Beliefs. Ronald L. Numbers
othing has come to characterize modern science more than its rejection of
appeals to God in explaining the workings of nature. Numerous scientists ...
Author: David C. Lindberg
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
This book, in language accessible to the general reader, investigates twelve of the most notorious, most interesting, and most instructive episodes involving the interaction between science and Christianity, aiming to tell each story in its historical specificity and local particularity. Among the events treated in When Science and Christianity Meet are the Galileo affair, the seventeenth-century clockwork universe, Noah's ark and flood in the development of natural history, struggles over Darwinian evolution, debates about the origin of the human species, and the Scopes trial. Readers will be introduced to St. Augustine, Roger Bacon, Pope Urban VIII, Isaac Newton, Pierre-Simon de Laplace, Carl Linnaeus, Charles Darwin, T. H. Huxley, Sigmund Freud, and many other participants in the historical drama of science and Christianity. “Taken together, these papers provide a comprehensive survey of current thinking on key issues in the relationships between science and religion, pitched—as the editors intended—at just the right level to appeal to students.”—Peter J. Bowler, Isis
1. Science. and. Christianity. among. the. People. A. Vulgar. History. The
founders of modern science often treated the common people with contempt. The
great German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571– 1630), in dedicating his
Author: Ronald L. Numbers
Publisher: Oxford University Press
As past president of both the History of Science Society and the American Society of Church History, Ronald L. Numbers is uniquely qualified to assess the historical relations between science and Christianity. In this collection of his most recent essays, he moves beyond the clichés of conflict and harmony to explore the tangled web of historical interactions involving scientific and religious beliefs. In his lead essay he offers an unprecedented overview of the history of science and Christianity from the perspective of the ordinary people who filled the pews of churchesor loitered around outside. Unlike the elite scientists and theologians on whom most historians have focused, these vulgar Christians cared little about the discoveries of Copernicus, Newton, and Einstein. Instead, they worried about the causes of the diseases and disasters that directly affected their lives and about scientists preposterous attempts to trace human ancestry back to apes. Far from dismissing opinion-makers in the pulpit, Numbers closely looks at two the most influential Protestant theologians in nineteenth-century America: Charles Hodge and William Henry Green. Hodge, after decades of struggling to harmonize Gods two revelationsin nature and in the Biblein the end famously described Darwinism as atheism. Green, on the basis of his careful biblical studies, concluded that Ussher's chronology was unreliable, thus opening the door for Christian anthropologists to accommodate the subsequent discovery of human antiquity. In Science without God Numbers traces the millennia-long history of so-called methodological naturalism, the commitment to explaining the natural world without appeals to the supernatural. By the early nineteenth century this practice was becoming the defining characteristic of science; in the late twentieth century it became the central point of attack in the audacious attempt of intelligent designers to redefine science. Numbers ends his reassessment by arguing that although science has markedly changed the world we live in, it has contributed less to secularizing it than many have claimed. Taken together, these accessible and authoritative essays form a perfect introduction to Christian attitudes towards science since the 17th century.
Both the world and the Bible must be interpreted. This situation gives rise to more
subtle connections and lines of influence between science and Christianity rather
than straightforward conflict or independence. In the next chapter, we explore ...
Author: J. B. Stump
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Science and Christianity is an accessible, engaging introduction to topics at the intersection of science and Christian theology. A philosophically orientated treatment that introduces the relationship of science to Christianity and explores to what extent the findings of science affect traditional Christian theology Addresses important theological topics in light of contemporary science, including divine action, the problem of natural evil, and eschatology Historically oriented chapters and chapters covering methodological principles for both science and theology provide the reader with a strong foundational understanding of the issues Includes feature boxes highlighting quotations, biographies of major scientists and theologians, key terms, and other helpful information Issues are presented as fairly and objectively as possible, with strengths and weaknesses of particular interpretations fully discussed
3 Qualified Agreement Modern Science & the Return of the “ God Hypothesis ”
Stephen C . Meyer And thus much concerning God ; to discourse of Whom from
the appearances of things , does certainly belong to Natural Philosophy .
Author: Richard F. Carlson
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Each contributor responds to the other essayists, noting points of agreement as well as disagreement.
Chapter 4 On Ways of Relating Science and Christianity Let no man out of a
weak conceit of sobriety, or an illapplied moderation, think or maintain, that a
man can search too far or be too well studied in the book of God's word, or in the
book of ...
Author: Tim Reddish
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Too often conversations on Science and Christianity skate over much deeper assumptions--or perceptions--on the nature and interpretation of Scripture, and the nature of science and of God. Instead, the rhetoric goes quickly towards contentious issues, like evolution, global warming, or genetic engineering, without establishing a framework of mutual understanding. Consequently, "conversations" can take place between people who completely misunderstand each other because those foundations have not been clearly articulated. In this introductory book you are invited on a journey of discovery, one that makes us self-aware of our starting assumptions. It is only from a framework of critical engagement with both science and the Bible that contemporary issues and the needs of the church and society can be addressed. While the Creator is one who brings order, this book also reminds us that untamed chaos also has a God-ordained place within creation. The author explores the element of chance that seems to be at the heart of nature and shows how this can be incorporated constructively within Christian thinking. Nature is not mere mechanism and is more "open" than we might first think. This means that miracles are scientifically plausible and prayer can really change things. . . .
The original pieces collected here provide a snapshot of the current scholarly
research in the area; they are written for a broad academic audience and
introduce many of the important themes in the dialogue between science and Christianity.
Author: J. B. Stump
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
A cutting-edge survey of contemporary thought at the intersection of science and Christianity. Provides a cutting-edge survey of the central ideas at play at the intersection of science and Christianity through 54 original articles by world-leading scholars and rising stars in the discipline Focuses on Christianity's interaction with Science to offer a fine-grained analysis of issues such as multiverse theories in cosmology, convergence in evolution, Intelligent Design, natural theology, human consciousness, artificial intelligence, free will, miracles, and the Trinity, amongst many others Addresses major historical developments in the relationship between science and Christianity, including Christian patristics, the scientific revolution, the reception of Darwin, and twentieth century fundamentalism Divided into 9 Parts: Historical Episodes; Methodology; Natural Theology; Cosmology & Physics; Evolution; The Human Sciences; Christian Bioethics; Metaphysical Implications; The Mind; Theology; and Significant Figures of the 20th Century Includes diverse perspectives and broadens the conversation from the Anglocentric tradition
Q: Why are the scientists in the documentary not worried about the multiverse
theory? A: The multiverse is a theory with absolutely no evidence behind it. Even
if there were evidence, God is still sovereign over all that he made, multiverses ...
My interest in science started early as well. My mother, Mollie Bell Hornback, was
a progressive-type, modern-thinking person. We got electricity when I was nine
years old. Mom got rid of the old icebox and purchased a new GE refrigerator ...
Author: Wendell H. Hornback
Publisher: Tate Publishing
What happened to the Neanderthals? Was Adam the first man? The search for the answers to these questions points to a larger question: Are science and Christianity on opposite sides of a gulf, or is there reason to believe there is a bridge between them? Science and Christianity Reconciled and Satan Exposed starts with prehistory and includes a description of dinosaurs with never-before-published pictures of various species in their most probable natural habitat in beautiful full color. This investigation into the origin of mankind is based on truth and fact, not theory. Dr. Wendell Hornback brings a perspective to this issue that gives just weight to both sides of this debate. Written after many years of research into the works of some of the most gifted minds on earth, Science and Christianity Reconciled and Satan Exposed gets its final answers on evolution, prehistory, and the early history of mankind straight from the best-selling and most-trusted book in the history of the world, the Bible.
Despite these disabilities he was a key figure in the transmission of Arabic
mathematics, astronomy and scientific instruments from Arabic sources into
central Europe. He was among the earliest Christian scholars to estimate the
Author: Dave Armstrong
It's very fashionable nowadays to assert that Christianity and science are antithetical, or that God has been ruled out of science or disproven (particularly by Darwinian evolution), or that science is based on reason and evidence, whereas religion (being faith-based) supposedly cares little or nothing for same, or that one cannot consistently be a Christian and also a real scientist. I shall contend that not only are science and Christianity completely compatible, but that modern science would not have even gotten off the ground if it hadn't been for medieval, scholastic, Catholic thought. I shall demonstrate that the foundations of modern science in the 16th century were overwhelmingly Christian and theistic. The notion that science and religion are fundamentally incompatible is ludicrous and would obliterate science at its very roots. Includes: mini-biographies of 293 scientists and a chart of 115 scientific fields of study founded or extraordinarily advanced by Christian or theistic scientists.
Chapter 2 Greek Mathematics In the previous chapter I examined the second of
the major confrontations between science and Christianity , namely , astronomy .
I consider issues associated with mathematics to have caused the first of the ...
Author: Granville C. Henry
Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc.
The relationship of Christianity to science can best be handled by isolating images of science that influence Christianity. Henry defines and then reformulates those images, making science more intelligible and Christianity more biblical.
By writing this small book, I hope to contribute to the discussion of how Christianity might renew its traditional thinking about creation. At the center of this
necessary effort must be the recognition of the main result of modern science; it is
Author: Rudolf Brun
Publisher: Brun Publishing
God is love" is the fundamental revelation of Christianity. Therefore, creation must be God's gift. The gift is his God's Word that is God but because God gives his Word away to creation, it belongs to creation- creation can do with it whatever nature "decides" to do with it. As a consequence, nature is capable of constructing itself,. This, however, is the main result of modern science. Nature brings forth novelties from "matter" to consciousness and self-consciousness in human beings. Mind emerged like anything else in the universe through the essentially historical (probabilistic) process of general evolution. Throughout the entire universe it is unification of diversity into unity that brings forth new existence. It is the old insight that all existence depends on being united into one. Unification of diversity (quantitative or qualitative) into unity brings forth new existence. This has been described as the Gestalt phenomenon, that the whole is more, quantitatively and qualitatively, than its parts. Actually, this basic phenomenon is no better known as the phenomenon of emergence; synthesis brings forth emergent novelties. Synthesis, however, is creative not only in nature but also in art. In the present writing this is illustrated with two examples, one from the history of music, from Gregorian chants to J.S. Bach, the other from the life history of the painter Vasilly Kandinsky. Synthesis, the unification of diversity into unity brings forth new existence universally. This ontological structure of all created being is interpreted as the watermark of the Triune Word of God in the absolute difference of creation. Therefore, the thesis of this booklet is that God can be God in that which is not God. The eyes of faith can see this illogicality also in the Eucharist and in the Christmas event. There too, God proves that he can be God in that, which is not God; in the Eucharist bread and wine, and a human being in the mystery of Christmas. For our logic, something cannot be that, which it is not but this is no obstacle for God's logic of incarnation.
As we have already seen , the exact sciences , such as mathematics , astronomy
, optics , and mechanics , contained little ... Because Romans contributed little to science , Christians were surrounded essentially by Greek science and natural ...
Author: Edward Grant
Publisher: JHU Press
Grant illuminates how today's scientific culture originated with the religious thinkers of the Middle Ages.
Gordon D. Kaufman 1 The topic with which we are dealing in this book is “The
Boundaries of Knowledge in Buddhism, Christianity, and Science.” We have
been asked to consider three questions with respect to these diverse
Author: Paul David Numrich
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
This volume brings together insights from religion (represented by Buddhism and Christianity) and science to address the question, What can we know about reality? Here science and religion engage each other in the human endeavour to understand a reality tantalizingly beyond our ability to understand fully.
Chapter One The Christian Roots of Modern Science and Christianity's Bad
Image Herbert Butterfield in the preface of his classic work , The Origins of
Modern Science , states that the rise of science in the late sixteenth and early
Author: Diogenes Allen
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This book provides a philosophical argument for the reasonableness of Christian faith in today's world. Diogenes Allen shows how Christian belief is now being supported by scientific and philosophical principles--perhaps for the first time in 300 years.
the contact of faith and theology with science will be painfully confusing, as in the
church's encounters with Galileo's cosmology or Darwin's picture of life.
Nevertheless, Christian theology, in order to demonstrate its own commitment to
Author: Haught, John F.
Publisher: Orbis Books
"There is nothing in Christian faith that should make one afraid of science's widening and deepening knowledge. No matter how enormous the picture of the natural world turns out to be, it can never surpass the infinity we have always attributed to God." In this work, John Haught, a leading Catholic theological voice in the study of science and religion, offers his most systematic theological reflections on the relation between Christian revelation and the unfolding story of the universe. In the face of recent discoveries some maintain their faith by clinging to a pre-scientific world view; others conclude that perhaps ""the universe has outgrown the biblical God who is said to be its creator." For Haught, however, exploration of the "three infinities"--the immense, the infinitesimal, and the complex--serves as invitation to an unprecedented appreciation for the grandeur of God, creation, Christ, and redemption.
An exploration of the dialogue between Christianity and science cannot ignore
some of the lively debates that exist, especially in the United States, concerning
the place of the Bible. Recent US court rulings over the teaching of creationism
Author: John C. Weaver
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
The SCM Core Text Christianity and Science explores possible dialogues between Christianity and Science in an accessible and student-friendly way. Beginning with explorations of how we understand science and interpret the Bible the text moves on the discuss five key areas in which science and theology are engaged in a search for understanding: cosmology and the origin of the universe; the natural world and the evolution of life; the mind-brain and the nature of personhood; the genetic modification and manipulation of plant, animal and human life; and the environmental crisis which faces the whole world. The conclusion of the book seeks to explore how our understanding of God and God's activity in the world has developed and been shaped by the dialogue that has been explored in the previous chapters. This final chapter includes a discussion of the problems raised for Christian belief by suffering and `natural evil'. The author thus ventures, in a bold way, to integrate science and faith while not ignoring the difference between them.
Introduction For more than a century, the perceived relationship of Christianity to science has largely been informed by the thesis, expressed by John William
Draper and Andrew Dickson White, that Christianity was hostile to science and
had a ...
Author: James W. Haag
The field of religion and science is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of research today. This Companion brings together an outstanding team of scholars to explore the ways in which science intersects with the major religions of the world and religious naturalism. The collection provides an overview of the field and also indicates ways in which it is developing. Its multicultural breadth and scientific rigor on topics that are and will be compelling issues in the first part of the twenty-first century and beyond will be welcomed by students and scholars alike.