Ten illustrious contributors explore an important but neglected topic on the interface of science and theology, i.e, the relationship between law and probability within creation. They look at this topic from a variety of different disciplines, including history and philosophy, as well as theology and science. It’s also examined in relation to a variety of different sciences, including cosmology, evolutionary biology and neuroscience and in a dialogue of different faith traditions.
This text arises from a conference of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) held in Boston in August 2004.
Fraser Watts says: This book arose from the second conference of the International Society for Science and Religion, of which I was then Vice-President. In planning the conference we looked for a theme that was focused enough to allow some useful and coherent work, but which was broad enough to allow contributions from different scientific areas and different academic disciplines, and on which we could consider the contributions of different faith traditions.
Concepts of Law and Probability in Theology and Science – Fraser Watts
The Development of the Concept of Laws of Nature – Peter Harrison
Contemporary Philosophical Concepts of Laws of Nature – Philip Clayton
Multiverses and Ultimate Causation – George Ellis
Laws of Physics, Principles of Self-organisation, and Natural Capacities: On Explaining a Self-organising World - Niels Henrik Gregersen
Chance and Evolution – Michael Ruse
Neuroscience, Deteminism and Downward Causation: Defusing the FreeWill Problem – Nancey Murphy
God and Probability – David J Bartholenew
From Law and Chance in Nature to Ultimate Reality – Wesley J Wildman
Creation, Law and Probability: A World Religions Perspective – John Bowker
Afterword: Some Further Reflections – John Polkinghorne