Physics, Philosophy, and Theology

A Common Quest for Understanding

Edited by Robert J. Russell, C.V. Coyne,

From the Vatican Observatory Foundation

The contents of Physics, Philosophy, and Theology are wide-ranging but unified. The first part treats historical and contemporary relations in science and religion, biblical theology on creation, Newton’s thought and the roots of modern atheism, the search for a natural theology, and the possible ways in which science and theology confront one another. In the second section the ways of knowing peculiar to the various disciplines and the implications for philosophical realism are investigated. In the last section a very creative and imaginative approach is taken to some of the most prominent areas of contemporary physics and cosmology in exploring whether they are open to revealing to us something of the reality of God and the relationshiop of God to the Universe and to us as we search for meaning within that Universe.

Contributors include: John Paul II, Ian Barbour, Michael Buckley, S.J., W. Norris Clarke, S.J., Richard Clifford, S.J., Michael Heller, Ernan McMullin, Olaf Pedersen, Mary Hesse, Nicholas Lash, Janet Martin Soskice, C.J. Isham, John Leslie, Sallie McFague, Ted Peters, John Polkinghorne, Robert John Russell, William Stoeger, S.J., and Frank Tipler.


“The three studies of the title are discussed and connected with great breadth—and often also depth—by eighteen authors. Their erudition is rivaled only by their productivity and their diversity.” — Zygon

“This book gathers the contributions of some of the finest scholars working in the area of science and religious understanding. Anyone wishing to follow the contemporary conversations among the representatives of physics, philosophy, and theology can hardly ignore the substance of this text.” — Eglise et Theologie

“High quality . . . this is a worthwhile book, one which should be studied carefully by all students of the modern world of science and theology interacting.” — Philosophy of Religion