Religion and Science

Edited by Sara Fletcher Harding, Nancy Morvillo

© 2011 – Routledge

1,648 pages

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About the Book

Integral to human nature is the need to seek understanding of the world in which we live, to discover how it works and why. We find our answers to these fundamental questions through different methods; empirical science justifies our observations of the natural world, but religion offers explanations to its meaning and purpose. On the surface of it the encounter between reason and faith, the mind and spirit, have the appearance of polarity, in reality there is fluidity between the two. It is a dynamic and constantly changing relationship, and for that reason it is an important and thriving academic area that needs careful and intentional study. This new collection answers that need with scholarship brought together in four volumes. Taking the combined experience of Sara Fletcher Harding and Nancy Morvillo, experts in religion and science respectively, this new Routledge Major Work presents an abundance of the very best cutting-edge scholarship that has been written about this fragile relationship.

Volume I of this collection is focused on ‘Histories and Methodologies in Science and Religion’ and Volume II on ‘Cosmological Considerations in Science and Religion’. Volume III is entitled ‘The Imperative of Evolution in Science’ and finally Volume IV brings together the best scholarship on ‘Religion Human Actions at the Intersection of Science and Religion’. With individual introductions for each volume placing the collected material into its relevant intellectual and historical context and a full index, this is an accessible and thorough reference resource.

Table of Contents


Volume I: Histories and Methodologies in Science and Religion

1. T. Peters, ‘Theology and Science: Where Are We?’, Zygon, 1996, 31, 323–43.

2. R. Downie, ‘Science and the Imagination in the Age of Reason’, Medical Humanities, 2001, 27, 58–63.

3. A. Jackelén, ‘Science and Religion: Getting Ready for the Future’, Zygon, 2003, 38, 209–28.

4. P. Bussey, ‘Explanations in Science and Beyond’, Science & Christian Belief, 2008, 20, 175–94.

5. L. Jaeger, ‘The Idea of Law in Science and Religion’, Science & Christian Belief, 2008, 20, 133–46.

6. M. G. Harvey, ‘Science, Rationality, and Theology’, Journal of Religion, 2007, 87, 225–47.

7. P. Harrison, ‘"Science" and "Religion": Constructing the Boundaries’, Journal of Religion, 2006, 86, 81–106.

8. I. G. Barbour, ‘On Typologies for Relating Science and Religion’, Zygon, 2002, 37, 345–59.

9. T. A. Smedes, ‘Beyond Barbour or Back to Basics? The Future of Science-and-Religion and the Quest for Unity’, Zygon, 2008, 43, 235–58.

10. D. C. Lindberg and R. L. Numbers, ‘Beyond War and Peace: A Reappraisal of the Encounter Between Christianity and Science’, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 1987, 39, 140–9.

11. P. Harrison, ‘The Bible and the Emergence of Modern Science’, Science & Christian Belief, 2006, 18, 115–32.

12. E. Lucas, ‘Science and the Bible: Are they Incompatible?’, Science & Christian Belief, 2005, 17, 137–54.

13. R. P. Knierim, ‘Science in the Bible’, Word & World, 1993, 13, 242–55.

14. S. Holtzman, ‘Science and Religion: The Categorical Conflict’, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2003, 54, 77–99.

15. S. L. Peck, ‘Randomness, Contingency, and Faith: Is there a Science of Subjectivity?’, Zygon, 2003, 38, 5–23.

16. K. H. Reich, ‘The Dialogue Between Religion and Science: Which God?’, Zygon, 2000, 35, 99–113.

17. A. Case-Winters, ‘The Question of God in an Age of Science: Constructions of Reality and Ultimate Reality in Theology and Science’, Zygon, 1997, 32, 351–75.

18. M. Welker, ‘Springing Cultural Traps: The Science-and-Theology Discourse on Eschatology and the Common Good’, Theology Today, 2001, 58, 165–76.

19. J. Moltmann, ‘Science and Wisdom’, Theology Today, 2001, 58, 155–64.

20. R. J. Russell, ‘Five Key Topics on the Frontier of Theology and Science Today’, Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 2007, 46, 199–207.

Volume II: Cosmological Considerations in Science and Religion

21. J. Polkinghorne, ‘Opening Windows into Reality’, Theology Today, 2001, 58, 145–54.

22. P. Morris, ‘Religion and Science: Cosmology as an Example’, Restoration Quarterly, 2002, 44, 93–108.

23. O. Gingerich, ‘Truth in Science: Proof, Persuasion, and the Galileo Affair’, Science & Christian Belief, 2004, 16, 13–26.

24. M. Segre, ‘Light on the Galileo Case?’, Isis: Journal of the History of Science in Society, 1997, 88, 484–504.

25. J. L. Russell, ‘What was the Crime of Galileo?’, Annals of Science, 1995, 52, 403–10.

26. P. G. Phillips, ‘The Thrice-Supported Big Bang’, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 2005, 57, 82–96.

27. A. M. Clifford, ‘Postmodern Scientific Cosmology and the Christian God of Creation’, Horizons: Journal of the College Theological Society, 1994, 21, 62–84.

28. N. Imparato, ‘The Big Bang: An Ex Nihilo or a World-Parent Myth of Creation?’, Mythosphere, 1999, 1, 154–70.

29. W. D. Hall, ‘Does Creation Equal Nature? Confronting the Christian Confusion about Ecology and Cosmology’, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2005, 73, 781–812.

30. C. F. Mooney, ‘The Anthropic Principle in Cosmology and Theology’, Horizons: Journal of the College Theological Society, 1994, 21, 105–29.

31. A. Case-Winters, ‘The Argument from Design: What is at Stake Theologically?’, Zygon, 2000, 35, 69–81.

32. I. Delio, ‘Christ and Extraterrestrial Life’, Theology and Science, 2007, 5, 249–65.

33. S. L. Bonting, ‘Theological Implications of Possible Extraterrestrial Life’, Sewanee Theological Review, 2004, 47, 420–35.

34. E. L. Simmons, ‘Quantum Perichoresis: Quantum Field Theory and the Trinity’, Theology and Science, 2006, 4, 137–50.

35. N. T. Saunders, ‘Does God Cheat at Dice? Divine Action and Quantum Possibilities’, Zygon, 2000, 35, 517–44.

36. J. J. Davis, ‘Theological Reflections on Chaos Theory’, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 1997, 49, 75–84.

37. J. H. Brooke, ‘"If I Were God": Einstein and Religion’, Zygon, 2006, 41, 941–54.

38. J. Polkinghorne, ‘Space, Time and Causality’, Zygon, 2006, 41, 975–83.

39. W. Pannenberg, ‘Eternity, Time, and Space’, Zygon, 2005, 40, 97–106.

40. N. Gillman, ‘How will it all End? Eschatology in Science and Religion’, Cross Currents, 2007, 57, 38–50.

41. P. Tillich, ‘Man, the Earth and the Universe’, Christianity and Crisis, 1962, 22, 108–12.

Volume III: The Imperative of Evolution in Science and Religion

42. M. Zimmerman, ‘Why Evolution is the Organizing Principle for Biology’, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 2009, 4–7, 41–2.

43. R. Winther, ‘Systemic Darwinism’, Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences of the United States of America, 2008, 105, 11833–8,

44. F. Ayala, ‘Darwin’s Greatest Discovery: Design without Designer’, Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences of the United States of America, 2007, 104, 8567–73.

45. D. Prothero, ‘The Fossils Say Yes’, Natural History, 2005, 114, 52–6.

46. H. A. Orr, ‘Testing Natural Selection’, Scientific American, 2009, 300, 44–50.

47. D. Kingsley, ‘From Atoms to Traits’, Scientific American, 2009, 300, 52–9.

48. S. Gould, ‘The Evolution of Life on Earth’, Scientific American, 2004, 14, 92–100.

49. S. Miles, ‘Charles Darwin and Asa Gray Discuss Teleology and Design’, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 2001, 53, 196–201.

50. R. Russell, ‘Is Evil Evolving?’, Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 2003, 42, 309–15.

51. L. Goodman, ‘Science and God’, Society, 2008, 45, 130–42.

52. T. Dixon, ‘America’s Difficulty with Darwin’, History Today, 2009, 59, 22–8.

53. E. Scott, ‘Antievolution and Creationism in the United States’, Annual Review of Anthropology, 1997, 26, 263–89.

54. K. Padian, ‘The Evolution of Creationists in the United States: Where are they Now, and Where are they Going?’, Comptes Rendus Biologies, 2009, 332, 100–9.

55. W. Dembski, ‘Mechanism, Magic and Design’, Christian Research Journal, 2000, 23, 22–7, 44–6.

56. M. Ruse, ‘Flawed Intelligence, Flawed Design’, Virginia Quarterly Review, 2006, 82, 54–77.

57. R. Dawkins and R. Milner, ‘The Illusion of Design’, Natural History, 2005, 114, 35–7.

58. M. Hewlett and T. Peters, ‘Why Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Deserves Theological Support’, Theology and Science, 2006, 4, 171–82.

59. D. Grumett, ‘Teilhard De Chardin’s Evolutionary Natural Theology’, Zygon, 2007, 42, 519–34.

60. J. Haught, ‘Darwin, Design and the Promise of Nature’, Science & Christian Belief, 2005, 17, 5–20.

61. T. Tracy, ‘Evolutionary Theologies and Divine Action’, Theology and Science, 2008, 6, 107–16.

62. H. Rolston, III, ‘Evolutionary History and Divine Presence’, Theology Today, 1998, 55, 415–34.

63. R. Stein, ‘An Inquiry into the Origins of Life on Earth- A Synthesis of Process Thought in Science and Theology’, Zygon, 2006, 41, 995–1016.

64. S. Conway Morris, ‘Darwin’s Compass: How Evolution Discovers the Song of Creation’, Science & Christian Belief, 2006, 18, 5–22.

65. B. Bradley, ‘Reconstructing Phylogenies and Phenotypes: A Molecular View of Human Evolution’, Journal of Anatomy, 2008, 212, 337–53.

66. D. Gatherer, ‘Cultural Evolution: The Biological Perspective’, Parallax, 2006, 12, 57–68.

67. J. van Huyssteen, ‘Fallen Angels or Rising Beasts? Theological Perspectives on Human Uniqueness’, Theology and Science, 2003, 1, 161–78.

68. B. Forrest, ‘The Possibility of Meaning in Human Evolution’, Zygon, 2000, 35, 861–79.

69. S. Pope, ‘Sociobiology and Human Nature: A Perspective from Catholic Theology’, Zygon, 1998, 33, 275–91.

70. P. Jersild, ‘Rethinking the Human Being in Light of Evolutionary Biology’, Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 2008, 47, 37–52.

Volume IV: Human Actions at the Intersection of Science and Religion

71. J. Davis, ‘Christian Reflections on the Genetic Revolution’, Evangelical Review of Theology, 2004, 28, 65–79.

72. S. Modell, ‘Genetic and Reproductive Technologies in the Light of Religious Dialogue’, Zygon, 2007, 42, 163–82.

73. D. G. Jones, ‘Responses to the Human Embryo and Embryonic Stem Cells: Scientific and Technological Assessments’, Science & Christian Belief, 2005, 17, 199–222.

74. S. de Gruchy, ‘Life, Livelihoods and God: Why Genetically Modified Organisms Oppose Caring for Life’, Ecumenical Review, 2002, 54, 251–61.

75. R. Herring, ‘Opposition to Transgenic Technologies: Ideology, Interests and Collective Action Frames’, Nature Reviews Genetics, 2008, 9, 458–63.

76. P. Hopkins, ‘Protecting God From Science and Technology: How Religious Criticisms of Biotechnologies Backfire’, Zygon, 2002, 37, 317–43.

77. B. Edgar, ‘Biotheology: Theology, Ethics and the New Biotechnologies’, Evangelical Review of Theology, 2006, 30, 219–36.

78. W. Tomm, ‘Sexuality, Rationality, and Spirituality’, Zygon, 1990, 25, 219–38.

79. U. Mitwoch, ‘Sex Determination in Mythology and History’, Arquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia & Metobologia, 2005, 49, 7–13.

80. S. Hrdy, ‘Raising Darwin’s Consciousness: Females and Evolutionary Theory’, Zygon, 1990, 25, 129–37.

81. E. Keller, ‘What Impact, if Any, has Feminism had on Science?’, Journal of Biosciences, 2004, 29, 7–13.

82. J. McDaniel, ‘Six Characteristics of a Postpatriarchal Christianity’, Zygon, 1990, 25, 187–217.

83. E. Johnson, ‘The Incomprehensibility of God and the Image of God Male and Female’, Theological Studies, 1984, 45, 441–65.

84. A. Clifford, ‘Feminist Perspectives on Science’, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 1992, 8, 65–90.

85. L. White, Jr., ‘The Historical Root of our Ecological Crisis’, Science, 1967, 155, 1203–7.

86. G. Hardin, ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’, Science, 1968, 162, 1243–8.

87. G. Fisher and G. van Utt, ‘Science, Religious Naturalism, and Biblical Theology: Ground for the Emergence of Sustainable Living’, Zygon, 2007, 42, 929–43.

88. W. Collins et al., ‘The Physical Science Behind Climate Change’, Scientific American, 2007, 297, 64–73.

89. S. Scharper, ‘The Gaia Hypothesis: Implications for a Christian Political Theology of the Environment’, Cross Currents, 1994, 44, 207–21.

90. H. Rolston, III, ‘Caring for Nature: From Fact to Value, from Respect to Reverence’, Zygon, 2004, 39, 277–302.

91. D. O’Hara, ‘Thomas Merton and Thomas Berry: Reflections from a Parallel Universe’, Merton Annual, 2000, 13, 222–34.

92. D. Edwards, ‘The Ecological Significance of God Language’, Theological Studies, 1999, 60, 708–22.

93. C. Deane-Drummond, ‘Wisdom, Justice and Environmental Decision-Making in a Biotechnological Age’, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture, 2003, 8, 173–92.

94. P. Knitter, ‘A Common Creation Story? Interreligious Dialogue and Ecology’, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 2000, 37, 285–300.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Religion & Science