The relations between science and religion have been the subject of renewed attention, in recent years.
Developments in physics, biology and the neurosciences have reinvigorated discussions about the nature of life and ultimate reality. At the same time, the growth of anti-evolutionary and intelligent design movements has led many to the view that science and religion are necessarily in conflict.
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the relations between science and religion, with contributions from historians, philosophers, scientists and theologians. It explores the impact of religion on the origins and development of science, religious reactions to Darwinism, and the link between science and secularization. It also offers in-depth discussions of contemporary issues, with perspectives from cosmology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and bioethics.
The volume is rounded out with philosophical reflections on the connections between atheism and science, the nature of scientific and religious knowledge, and divine action and human freedom.
In chapter 9, Fraser Watts discusses how theology can make positive contributions to psychology and vice versa.
Fraser Watts says: “I was honoured to be part of this excellent Handbook, edited by Peter Harrison, for whom I have great respect. Working on this chapter firmed up the view that I had been developing for a while that there is more of a two-way dialogue with psychology than with any other science.”
Introduction Peter Harrison
Part I. Historical Interactions
1. The fate of science in patristic and medieval Christendom David C. Lindberg
2. Religion and the Scientific Revolution John Henry
3. Natural theology and the sciences Jon Topham
4. Religious reactions to Darwin Jon Roberts
5. Science and secularization John Hedley Brooke
Part II. Religion and Contemporary Science
6. Scientific creationism and intelligent design Ronald L. Numbers
7. Evolution and the inevitability of intelligent life Simon Conway Morris
8. God, physics and the Big Bang William R. Stoeger
9. Psychology and theology Fraser Watts
10. Science, bioethics and religion John H. Evans
Part III. Philosophical Perspectives
11. Atheism, naturalism and science: three in one? Michael Ruse
12. Divine action, emergence and scientific explanation Nancey Murphy
13. Science, God and cosmic purpose John Haught
14. Ways of relating science and religion Mikael Stenmark