When Science Meets Religion: Enemies, Strangers, or Partners?

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Over the centuries, scientists, theologians and the general public share many questions about the implications of scientific discoveries for classical religious ideas. Trained both as a physicist and a theologian, Ian Barbour is qualified to examine the relationship between religion and science. It is the sum of all he has learned and taught in his career. He explores creation and the big bang, quantum physics and ultimate reality, evolution and continuing creation, genetics and human nature, God and nature as well as numerous other topics. The book covers all the elements likely to be included in the syllabus of a university course.

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We're closing in on the 150th anniversary of Darwin's Origin of Species, but clearly not closing in on any resolution of the debates that the book stirred up between science and religion. In this slim volume, physicist and theologian Ian Barbour summarises his own decades-long learning in these two arenas. Writing with clarity and a scientist's eye for organisation, Barbour here takes on the scientific and theological significance of the big questions: the Big Bang, Quantum Physics, Darwin and Genesis, Human Nature (the question of determinism), and the relationship between a free God and a law-bound universe. In each chapter, Barbour recognises four possible ways of responding to the dilemmas posed by these topics: conflict, represented by Biblical literalists and atheists, both of whom agree that a person cannot believe in both God and evolution; Independence, which asserts that "science and religion are strangers who can coexist as long as they keep a safe distance from each other;" Dialogue, which invites a conversation between the two fields; and finally Integration, which moves beyond Dialogue to explore ways in which the two fields can inform each other. Barbour notes that his own sympathies lie with Dialogue and Integration.

Winner of the 1999 Templeton Prize for his role in advancing the study of science and religion, "no contemporary has made a more original, deep, and lasting contribution toward the needed integration of scientific and religious knowledge and values", John Cobb has written of Barbour. This book is perhaps the best entry point into Barbour's work. --Doug Thorpe

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