Beginning of All Things Science and Religion

ISBN-10: 0802863590

ISBN-13: 9780802863591

Edition: 2008

Authors: Hans K�ng

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 6/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Hans Kung is Swiss and was born into a middle-class family. He studied in Rome for seven years, obtaining his licentiate in philosophy and theology from the Gregorian University there, and then receiving his doctorate in theology from the Catholic Institute in Paris. Since 1960 he has been a professor at Tubingen University, where he taught dogmatic and ecumenical theology until his permission to teach Catholic theology was removed as a consequence of statements judged to be contrary to official doctrine. Since 1980 he has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan, and occasionally in Europe as well. His difficulties with the church began with the publication The Church (1967) and became very hot with the publication of Infallible? An Inquiry (1971). More recently, his On Being Christian (1977) has raised the question of whether his theology is not simply rational Protestant theology of the turn of the century. Official inquiries were held, statements were exchanged between Kung and the Conference of German Bishops, and the Rome-based Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, but no agreement was to be had. Kung continues to declare himself a loyal member of the Roman Catholic church and seems unlikely to leave its priesthood or to be excommunicated.

Let There Be Light!
A Unified Theory of Everything?
The Riddle of Reality
A Twofold Riddle
The New Model of the World: Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo
Church against Science
The Victory of Science
A Physical Description of the Beginning
The New Physics: Einstein's Relativistic Space-Time
An Expanding Universe
The Big Bang and Its Consequences
What Holds the World Together in Its Innermost Being?
Heisenberg and Quantum Theory
The World Formula-a Great Hope
GUT instead of GOD? Hawking
The World Formula-a Great Disappointment
The Dispute about the Foundations of Mathematics
Mathematics without Contradiction? Godel
No Ultimate Theory of Everything
Occasion for Self-Critical Reflection
The Inadequacies of Positivism
Rejection of the Meta-empirical? Popper
Only Meaningless Pseudoproblems?
The Impossibility of Proving All Statements True, Even in Science
The Autonomy and Limits of Scientific Knowledge
The Questionability of Reality
Universe-Human Being-Self
Multidimensional and Multilayered Reality
Reason, but Not Reason Alone
Science and Theology: Different Perspectives
Science: The Foundation but Not the Totality
Theology Too Needs Self-Criticism
Physical Knowledge Cannot Transcend the World of Experience
A Model of Complementarity instead of a Model of Confrontation or Integration
God as Beginning?
The Question of the Beginning of Beginnings
The Singularity of the Beginning
The "Copernican Shift" in Philosophy: Descartes
Proofs of God-Doomed to Failure: Kant
Counterproofs Also Fail
Science Blocked by the Critique of Religion?
The Rights and Wrongs of the Critique of Religion: Feuerbach, Marx, Freud
The Death of God? Nietzsche
Science Must Leave God Out of Account
Atheism Is Understandable but Not Necessary
Where Do the Constants in Nature Come From?
A Universe Finite in Space and Time
Intellectual Helplessness in the Face of the Question of Origins
Where Do the Principles of Cosmic Order Come From?
Instinctive Opposition
Reactions to the Cosmic Fine-Tuning
Cosmological Speculation: Alternative Universes
Is Our Universe One among Many?
A Cosmological Demonstration: A Designer Universe
Can God Be Proved by Physics?
A Questionable Basic Motivation
Why Isn't There Nothing?
A Solution to the Riddle of the World
Ignorance Also Grows with Knowledge
Approaching the Primal Mystery
God as Hypothesis
God as Reality
An Archimedean Point
Creation of the World or Evolution?
The Beginning as the Beginning of a Becoming
Evolution of the Biological Species: Darwin
The Descent of Human Beings from the Animal Kingdom
Theological Defense
Anglican Perplexity
A Second Galileo Case for the Catholic Church
Protestant Creationism
Evolution with or without God?
Progress without God: Comte
Evolution to God: Teilhard De Chardin
God in Process: Whitehead
How Are We to Think of God?
An Alternative to the Word "God"?
God-a Being above the Earth?
Space-Time, Embraced by Eternity and Unfathomability
Is God a Person?
Bible and Creation
Creation Myths of the World Religions
A Need for Information?
The Magna Carta of the Jewish-Christian Worldview
A Metaphorical Language
No Harmonization or Mixing
The Testimony of Faith to the Ultimate Origin
Creation of Space and Time from Nothing
What Is the Meaning of Belief in Creation Today?
"In Light Inaccessible"
Life in the Cosmos?
How Long Has There Been Life?
What Is "Life"?
Are We Alone in the Universe?
A Vain Quest
How Did Life Arise?
The Vehicles of Life
Matter Organizes Itself
Chance or Necessity?
The Primacy of Chance?
Natural Laws Guide Chance
Is God Superfluous?
An Existential Alternative
Why a Universe That Is Friendly to Life?
Evolution toward Human Beings
An Anthropic Principle?
No Ultimate Foundation
Breaking the Laws of Nature?
Results of Biblical Criticism
Pointers for Faith
How Are We to Think of God's Activity?
A Spiritualized Understanding of God
The Infinite Has an Influence on the Finite
No Competition between God and the World
The Beginning of Humankind
The Physical Development of Human Beings
Human Beings Come from Africa
Earliest Traces of Religion
The Psychological Development of Human Beings
The Body-Soul Problem
Psyche instead of Soul
Conditioned Freedom
Environmentally Conditioned and Preprogrammed
Brain and Mind
Determined by Physical-Chemical Brain Processes?
Is Free Will an Illusion?
The Trivialization of Responsibility and Guilt by the Neurosciences
The Limits of Brain Research
Ignorance about the Decisive Levels of the Brain
The Big Questions of the Neurosciences
Chemistry and Physics Do Not Explain the Self
Experience of Freedom
The Spiritual Cosmos
The Beginnings of the Human Ethic
Evolutionary Biological and Sociocultural Factors
The Primal Ethic as the Basis for a Global Ethic
Even the Biblical Ethic Has a History
The One Light and the Many Lights
Epilogue: The End of All Things
Hypotheses of the End in Physics
Apocalyptic Visions of the End
The Significance of the Biblical Visions
Dying into the Light
A Word of Thanks
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