Science and Its Limits The Natural Sciences in Christian Perspective

ISBN-10: 0830815805

ISBN-13: 9780830815807

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: Del Ratzsch

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Science, especially naturalistic science, has come under fire of late. No longer does it command the near universal respect it once held. From the right has come a fresh attack on Darwinism and arguments for intelligent design. From the left postmodern theorists have attacked the very notion of objective truth claims, scientific or otherwise.Into the fray Del Ratzsch breathes a breath of calm. He asks, What is science? What can it tell us? What can't it tell us? What challenges does it offer to Christian faith? How should a Christian respond?Originally published under the title Philosophy of Science, this revised volume surveys how views of science have developed and changed over time, especially since the Kuhnian revolution of the 1960s. Now updated to reflect current discussions of intelligent design and postmodern views of science, Science & Its Limits offers readers a thoughtful perspective on contemporary trends and useful advice on how to approach faith and science issues.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 2/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 191
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Del Ratzsch earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts. He is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and author of The Philosophy of Science (published by InterVarsity Press in the Contours of Christian Philosophy series), as well as several other books. Much of Ratzsch's work over the last seventeen years at Calvin College has sought to relate science and religion (and more recently creation and evolution) in a way that is philosophically informed, scientifically defensible and theologically meaningful. Although Ratzsch is optimistic that design theory can avoid past mistakes in the creation-evolution controversy, he stresses that fundamental clarifying work remains to be done in this area.

Preface
Science: What Is It?
The Traditional Conception of Science
Philosophy of Science in the 1960s & 1970s: Kuhn & Beyond
The Contemporary Situation: A Brief Introduction
The Competence of Science: What Can It Tell Us?
The Limitations of Science: What Can It Not Tell Us?
""Scientific"" Challenges to Religious Belief
Design & Science
Christianity & Scientific Pursuits
Christianity & the Specific Content of Science: A Typology
Appendix: Speaking the Truth in Love: Some Thoughts About Feet
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