The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity
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
Acknowledgments ix Notes on Contributors x Introduction xviii J. B. Stump and Alan G. Padgett Part I Historical Episodes 1 1 Early Christian Belief in Creation and the Beliefs Sustaining the Modern Scientific Endeavor 3 Christopher B. Kaiser 2 The Copernican Revolution and the Galileo Affair 14 Maurice A. Finocchiaro 3 Women, Mechanical Science, and God in the Early Modern Period 26 Jacqueline Broad 4 Christian Responses to Darwinism in the Late Nineteenth Century 37 Peter J. Bowler 5 Science Falsely So Called: Fundamentalism and Science 48 Edward B. Davis Part II Methodology 61 6 How to Relate Christian Faith and Science 63 Mikael Stenmark 7 Authority 74 Nicholas Rescher 8 Feminist Philosophies of Science: Towards a Prophetic Epistemology 82 Lisa L. Stenmark 9 Practical Objectivity: Keeping Natural Science Natural 93 Alan G. Padgett 10 The Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism 103 Alvin Plantinga Part III Natural Theology 117 11 Arguments to God from the Observable Universe 119 Richard Swinburne 12 “God of the Gaps” Arguments 130 Gregory E. Ganssle 13 Natural Theology after Modernism 140 J. B. Stump 14 Religious Epistemology Personifi ed: God without Natural Theology 151 Paul K. Moser 15 Problems for Christian Natural Theology 162 Alexander R. Pruss and Richard M. Gale Part IV Cosmology and Physics 173 16 Modern Cosmology and Christian Theology 175 Stephen M. Barr 17 Does the Universe Need God? 185 Sean Carroll 18 Does God Love the Multiverse? 198 Don N. Page 19 The Fine-Tuning of the Cosmos: A Fresh Look at Its Implications 207 Robin Collins 20 Quantum Theory and Theology 220 Rodney D. Holder Part V Evolution 231 21 Creation and Evolution 233 Denis R. Alexander 22 Darwinism and Atheism: A Marriage Made in Heaven? 246 Michael Ruse 23 Creation and Evolutionary Convergence 258 Simon Conway Morris 24 Signature in the Cell: Intelligent Design and the DNA Enigma 270 Stephen C. Meyer 25 Darwin and Intelligent Design 283 Francisco J. Ayala 26 Christianity and Human Evolution 295 John F. Haught 27 Christian Theism and Life on Earth 306 Paul Draper Part VI The Human Sciences 317 28 Toward a Cognitive Science of Christianity 319 Justin L. Barrett 29 The Third Wound: Has Psychology Banished the Ghost from the Machine? 335 Dylan Evans 30 Sociology and Christianity 344 John H. Evans and Michael S. Evans 31 Economics and Christian Faith 356 Robin J. Klay Part VII Christian Bioethics 369 32 Shaping Human Life at the Molecular Level 371 James C. Peterson 33 An Inclusive Framework for Stem Cell Research 381 John F. Kilner 34 The Problem of Transhumanism in the Light of Philosophy and Theology 393 Philippe Gagnon 35 Ecology and the Environment 406 Lisa H. Sideris Part VIII Metaphysical Implications 419 36 Free Will and Rational Choice 421 E. J. Lowe 37 Science, Religion, and Infi nity 430 Graham Oppy 38 God and Abstract Objects 441 William Lane Craig 39 Laws of Nature 453 Lydia Jaeger Part IX The Mind 465 40 Christianity, Neuroscience, and Dualism 467 J. P. Moreland 41 The Emergence of Persons 480 William Hasker 42 Christianity and the Extended-Mind Thesis 491 Lynne Rudder Baker 43 In Whose Image? Artifi cial Intelligence and the Imago Dei 500 Noreen Herzfeld 44 How Science Lost Its Soul, and Religion Handed It Back 510 Julian Baggini Part X Theology 521 45 The Trinity and Scientifi c Reality 523 John Polkinghorne 46 God and Miracle in an Age of Science 533 Alan G. Padgett 47 Eschatology in Science and Theology 543 Robert John Russell 48 The Quest for Transcendence in Theology and Cosmology 554 Alexei V. Nesteruk Part XI Signifi cant Figures of the Twentieth Century in Science and Christianity 565 49 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin 567 James F. Salmon 50 Thomas F. Torrance 578 Tapio Luoma 51 Arthur Peacocke 589 Taede A. Smedes 52 Ian G. Barbour 600 Nathan J. Hallanger 53 Wolfhart Pannenberg 611 Hans Schwarz 54 John Polkinghorne 622 Christopher C. Knight Index 632
“The Blackwell Companions are a well-known and prestigious series that always form an up-to-date and high-quality entry to a certain academic domain ... My appreciation prevails and I believe this book really offers a most worthy introduction to the issue of science-Christianity relations. Congratulations to Stump and Padgett for putting together this valuable collection of well-written essays.” (Philosophia Reformata, 1 November 2015) “As I said at the outset, this Blackwell Companion has proved itself to be an indispensable companion to me as I try to set out the current shape of the field for the third generation, but I cannot help but wonder how different such a volume will look in their time.” (Modern Believing, 1 January 2014) “The result is a fascinating, rich collection of fifty-four essays grouped into eleven major sections . . . To sum up, this volume nicely complements other recent works in the ongoing interaction between science and religion. Students and teachers in the field will find this volume an accessible, reliable, and up-to-date resource for the contemporary discourse between science and Christianity.” (Themelios, 1 April 2013) “For those who have such a background, this book will be a valuable asset for orienting themselves in the broader conversation.” (Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 1 March 2013) “Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.” (Choice, 1 December 2012)
J. B. Stump is Professor of Philosophy and directs the philosophy program at Bethel College (Indiana, USA). He is the philosophy editor of Christian Scholars Review, and has published articles there as well as in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Philosophia Christi. He has co-authored (with Chad Meister) Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction (2010). Alan G. Padgett is Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Long involved in the dialog between theology and science, he is a member of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) and has lectured in Europe, Canada, the US and China on religion and theology. He has authored or edited ten other books, including Science and the Study of God (2003).
The period from the last few decades of the twentieth century has witnessed the development of a widespread scholarly interest in issues related to science and religion. The relationship between these approaches to understanding the world has long been restless, and often occasions divisive but invigorating discussions that can serve to further our understanding of both. The volume addresses major historical developments, methodological approaches, and significant figures in the discipline. It also engages with both mutually supportive and contrasting ideas about evolution, Christian bioethics, cosmology and physics, the human sciences, metaphysics, and perspectives on mind. Bringing together some of the world's leading scholars, and incorporating diverse philosophical and historical perspectives, The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity offers a cutting-edge survey of contemporary thought at the intersection of science and Christianity.
The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity is a marvelous volume, with a wide-ranging roster of contributions from respected science-and-religion scholars. I commend Stump and Padgett for covering all the important bases, but also including a few surprises thrown in for good measure. -Karl Giberson, author The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age (with Randall Stephens)
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