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Paths from Science Towards God The End of All Our Exploring

ISBN-10: 1851682457
ISBN-13: 9781851682454
Edition: 2001
Authors: Arthur Peacocke
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Description: While more and more people seek spiritual meaning in an age of technology, this book offers a reassessment of the troubled relationship between science and religion, providing new perspectives on topics such as evolution and the nature of time.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 8/6/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

While more and more people seek spiritual meaning in an age of technology, this book offers a reassessment of the troubled relationship between science and religion, providing new perspectives on topics such as evolution and the nature of time.

Acknowledgements
Preface
Prologue: Genesis for the third millennium
The Spiritual Quest in the New World of Science
The contemporary challenge of science to religious beliefs
The 'two cultures' and the dominance of science
The spiritual life of scientists
The rise of science
The forging of Christian belief through past challenges
The challenge of the scientific culture to religion today
Science and the future of theology
The intellectual reputations of science and theology
Science withstands the postmodernist critique
Evolution and human rationality
Reasonableness through inference to the best explanation
Theology at the crossroads
Exploring from Science Towards God: New Vistas, Challenges and Questions
The world as it is
That the world is
God and time
The world: one and many
Whole-part influences in the world
The flow of information in the world
The world-as-a-whole: a System-of-systems
A lawlike world--no intervention
A world containing inherently unpredictable events
Brains, minds and persons in the world
Communication between persons in the world
The world in process
The epic of evolution
The physical origin of the universe
The origin of life
The anthropic principle
The duration of evolution
The mechanism of biological evolution--natural selection
The process of chance and law (necessity)
The emergence of humanity
Human behaviour
Trends and directions in evolution?
The ubiquity of pain, suffering and death
The evolution of life and our exploration towards God
Evolution: a risky process?
God's interaction with the world
The problem
Predictability and causality
'Chaotic' systems and divine action
Quantum events and divine action
Whole-part influence and God's interaction with the world
God as 'personal agent' in the world
The sound of sheer silence
God, human experience and revelation
How does God communicate with humanity?
The End of All Our Exploring
An open theology
'In him we live and move and have our being'
Immanence: a theistic naturalism
Panentheism
The world as sacrament
The instrumental and symbolic relation of God and humanity to the world
The world as an instrument of God's purposes
The world as a symbol of God's purposes
A congruence between the scientific and sacramental perspectives
Arriving where we started
The Wisdom of God
The Word, the Logos, of God
The uncreated energies of God
Knowing the place for the first time
Vistas of the end?
A global perspective
Epilogue
A contemporary Christian understanding of sacrament
Notes
Glossary
Supplementary reading
Index

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