How can we think about God's action in a quantum world of indeterminacy? in a world that began with a Big Bang? in a world in which life evolved and is continually evolving? in a world governed by entropy and heading toward its eventual heat death? These are some of the most perplexing questions that have arisen from the rapid scientific and technological advances of the twentieth century.Science and Theology: The New Consonance grapples with these seeming conundrums by asking both scientists and religious thinkers to reflect upon possible solutions. In this exciting, new edited volume, physicists think about the connection between physics and faith and biologists discuss evolution, ethics, and the future. Complementing these viewpoints, theologians address these same issues from a religious standpoint.Chapter authors include Nobel Prize?winning physicist and inventor of the laser, Charles Townes, along with Pope John Paul II. The resulting interplay between science and theology presses toward consonance, encouraging comparisons, crossovers, and complementarity.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments, Introduction, Science and Theology: Toward Consonance, Ted Peters, PART ONE PHYSICS AND FAITH, Logic and Uncertainties in Science and Religion, From Physicist to Priest, Is the Universe Absurd?, Does the "God Who Acts" Really Act in Nature?, Theology, Cosmology, and Ethics, PART TWO EVOLUTION, ETHICS, AND ESCHATOLOGY, So Human an Animal: Evolution and Ethics, Human Life: Creation Versus Evolution?, Evolution and the Living God, Evolution and the Human Person: The Pope in Dialogue, Biological Evolution and the Human Soul: A Theological Proposal for Generationism, Biocultural Evolution and the Created Co-Creator, A Map of Scientific Knowledge: Genetics, Evolution, and Theology, The Greening of Science, Theology, and Ethics, Evolution, Tragedy, and Hope, About the Editor and Contributors, Credits, Index
Ted Peters is professor of systematic theology at Pacific Lutheran Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and research scholar at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.