Bible and Science

ISBN-10: 0814655130

ISBN-13: 9780814655139

Edition: 2011

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Confusing paradox surrounds the Bible.Some look to it as the definition of reality and deny science; others see science alone as the arbiter of truth and deny the Bible. Both extremes are merely symptoms of a still wider debate on the place of ancient spiritual wisdom in a science-dominated world. Following the Reformation and Enlightenment, the Western world gained great power but lost its spiritual bearings. This book draws on numerous sources, ancient and modern, to examine what the missteps were that have brought us to a point of such confusion, and in doing so argues cogently against the modern philosophy of scientific materialism. With the aid of biblical stories and imagery it suggests how we might find our way back to balance, where ancient wisdom and modern science can "together" shed light on humans and their encompassing reality."Vincent Smiles is professor of theology at Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota."
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Publication date: 6/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Essential Preliminaries for the Road Ahead
Debate and Confusion about Theology and Science
Purpose, Meaning, and Value in Human Life
The Relationship of Faith and Reason
Reasons to be Skeptical about Scientific Naturalism
The Bible and Science as Partners in Understanding Reality
Overcoming Arrogance
The Bible
The Problem of Content
The Problem of Interpretation
Avoiding Extreme Views about the Bible
Richard Dawkins
Biblical Fundamentalism
Interpreting the Bible: The Problem of Method
The Historical-Critical Method: Benedict Spinoza
The �Four Assumptions� of the Ancient Interpreters and �The Very Idea of the Bible� (James Kugel)
A Response to Kugel: Historical Criticism and Faith
Learning from the Bible and Science: The Assumptions behind the Combination
The Bible in the Context of the Science-Theology Dialogue
The �Problem� of God
Origen: The Highest �Branch of Learning�
Symbolism and Contemplation of God
The Loss of Symbolism
A Science-Dominated World
The Trivializing of God and Humanity
Theology and Science: Sources of Knowing
Science's Suggestions of God
God of Creation and Hope
Conclusion: Rediscovering God
What Is a Human Being?
Scientific Materialism
The Liberation of the Human Spirit
The Many Facets of Knowledge
Michael Polanyi: Scientist and Philosopher
Conclusion: All of the Evidence
Types of Knowing in the Bible
Tacit Knowing and the Language of Scripture
Bridging the Distance
The Silence of God
God, Creation, and Suffering
Jesus and the Demons
Spiritual Experience and Theological Creativity among Jesus' Earliest Followers
Jesus as Lord of the Sea
Life after Death
The Old Testament
The New Testament
Near-Death Experiences
Eternal Life
Index of People and Sujects
Scripture Index
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