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God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy without a Fall

God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy without a Fall

1st Edition

Bethany N. Sollereder
October 31, 2018

After the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, theologians were faced with the dilemma of God creating through evolution. Suddenly, pain, suffering, untimely death and extinction appeared to be the very tools of creation, and not a result of the sin of humanity. Despite this paradigm...

Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self: Emerging Technologies and Human Identity

Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self: Emerging Technologies and Human Identity

1st Edition

Joseph Tham, Chris Durante, Alberto García Gómez
October 25, 2018

Attitudes towards science, medicine and the body are all profoundly shaped by people’s worldviews. When discussing issues of bioethics, religion often plays a major role. In this volume, the role of genetic manipulation and neurotechnology in shaping human identity is examined from multiple...

Against Methodology in Science and Religion: Recent Debates on Rationality and Theology

Against Methodology in Science and Religion: Recent Debates on Rationality and Theology

1st Edition

Josh Reeves
September 19, 2018

Since its development as a field over the last part of the twentieth century, scholars in science and religion have been heavily concerned with methodological issues. Following the lead of Thomas Kuhn, many scholars in this interdisciplinary field have offered proposals that purport to show how...

The Roots of Religion: Exploring the Cognitive Science of Religion

The Roots of Religion: Exploring the Cognitive Science of Religion

1st Edition

Roger Trigg, Justin L. Barrett
February 12, 2018

The cognitive science of religion is a new discipline that looks at the roots of religious belief in the cognitive architecture of the human mind. The Roots of Religion deals with the philosophical and theological implications of the cognitive science of religion which grounds religious belief in...

Science and the Truthfulness of Beauty: How the Personal Perspective Discovers Creation

Science and the Truthfulness of Beauty: How the Personal Perspective Discovers Creation

1st Edition

Robert Gilbert
August 14, 2017

When scientists describe their results or insights as 'beautiful', are they using the term differently from when they use it of a landscape, music or another person? Science and the Truthfulness of Beauty re-examines the way in which seeing beauty in the world plays the key role in scientific...

The Cognitive Science of Religion

The Cognitive Science of Religion

1st Edition

James A. Van Slyke
November 28, 2016

The cognitive science of religion is a relatively new academic field in the study of the origins and causes of religious belief and behaviour. The focal point of empirical research is the role of basic human cognitive functions in the formation and transmission of religious beliefs. However, many...

Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Religion

Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology and Religion

1st Edition

Christopher C. Knight, Nancey Murphy
November 23, 2016

Humans are unique in their ability to reflect on themselves. Recently a number of scholars have pointed out that human self-conceptions have a history. Ideas of human nature in the West have always been shaped by the interplay of philosophy, theology, science, and technology. The fast pace of...

Naturalism, Theism and the Cognitive Study of Religion: Religion Explained?

Naturalism, Theism and the Cognitive Study of Religion: Religion Explained?

1st Edition

Aku Visala
November 17, 2016

This book provides a critical philosophical analysis of the claim that contemporary cognitive approaches to religion undermine theistic beliefs. Recent scientific work into the evolution and cognition of religion has been driven by and interpreted in terms of a certain kind of philosophical and...

Explorations in Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion

Explorations in Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion

1st Edition

Kevin S. Seybold
November 15, 2016

In the 1990s great strides were taken in clarifying how the brain is involved in behaviors that, in the past, had seldom been studied by neuroscientists or psychologists. This book explores the progress begun during that momentous decade in understanding why we behave, think and feel the way we do,...

Cyborg Selves: A Theological Anthropology of the Posthuman

Cyborg Selves: A Theological Anthropology of the Posthuman

1st Edition

Jeanine Thweatt-Bates
November 15, 2016

What is the 'posthuman'? Is becoming posthuman inevitable-something which will happen to us, or something we will do to ourselves? Why do some long for it, while others fearfully reject it? These questions underscore the fact that the posthuman is a name for the unknown future, and therefore, not a...

Scientism: Science, Ethics and Religion

Scientism: Science, Ethics and Religion

1st Edition

Mikael Stenmark
November 15, 2016

Can science tell us everything there is to know about reality? The intellectual and practical successes of science have led some scientists to think that there are no real limits to the competence of science, and no limits to what can be achieved in the name of science. Accordingly, science has...

Theology and Psychology

Theology and Psychology

1st Edition

Fraser Watts
November 11, 2016

Many people are now interested in the relationship between religion and science, but links between Christian belief and psychology have been relatively neglected. This book opens up the dialogue between Christian theology and modern scientific psychology, approaching the dialogue in both...

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