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Physics, Philosophy, and Theology

Physics, Philosophy, and Theology

A Common Quest for Understanding

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

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 relationship of God to the Universe and to us as we search for meaning within that Universe.

Contributors: 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.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01577-0
424 pages

“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

P00632

Evolutionary and Molecular Biology

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Actions


Edited by Robert John Russell, William R. Stoeger, S.J., Francisco J. Ayala

P00693

Neuroscience and the Person

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action


Edited by Robert John Russell, Nancey Murphy, Theo C. Meyering, Michael A. Arbib

P00829

Quantum Mechanics

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action


Edited by Robert John Russell, Philip Clayton, Kirk Wegter-McNelly, and John Polkinghorne

P01538

Time in Eternity

Pannenberg, Physics, and Eschatology in Creative Mutual Interaction

Robert John Russell

P01311

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action

Twenty Years of Challenge and Progress

Robert John Russell, Nancey Murphy, and William R. Stoeger, S.J., editors

P00829

Quantum Mechanics

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action


Edited by Robert John Russell, Philip Clayton, Kirk Wegter-McNelly, and John Polkinghorne

Physics, Philosophy, and Theology

A Common Quest for Understanding


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

 Physics, Philosophy, and Theology: A Common Quest for Understanding
Paper Edition

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 relationship of God to the Universe and to us as we search for meaning within that Universe.

Contributors: 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.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01577-0

424 pages

“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

From the Vatican Observatory Foundation