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Evolutionary and Molecular Biology

Evolutionary and Molecular Biology

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Actions

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

This collection of twenty-two research papers explores the creative interaction between evolutionary and molecular biology, philosophy, and theology. It is the result of the third of five international research conferences co-sponsored by the Vatican Observatory, Rome and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley. The overarching goal of these conferences is to support the engagement of constructive theology with the natural sciences and to investigate the philosophical and theological elements in ongoing theoretical research in the natural sciences.

This series of conferences builds on the initial 1987 Vatican Observatory conference and its resulting publication, _Physics, Philosophy and Theology: A Common Quest for Understanding , and on the previous jointly sponsored conferences and their publications, Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature (1993) and Chaos and Complexity _(1995). Future conferences will focus on scientific topics including the neurosciences, quantum physics, and quantum field theory.

Contributors: Robert John Russell, George V. Coyne, S.J., Francisco J. Ayala, Camilo J. Cela-Conde, Julian Chela-Flores, Wesley J. Wildman, Paul Davies, William R. Stoeger, S.J., Charles Birch, George F. R. Ellis, Anne M. Clifford, Willem B. Drees, Philip Hefner, Arthur Peacocke, Denis Edwards, John F. Haught, Ian G. Barbour, Nancey Murphy, Ted Peters, and Thomas F. Tracy.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02753-7
552 pages
Publication Year: 1998

Robert John Russell is Professor of Theology and Science in Residence at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

William R. Stoeger, S.J., is Staff Astrophysicist at the Vatican Observatory, Vatican Observatory Research Group, Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona.

Francisco J. Ayala is the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

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Neuroscience and the Person

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P01311

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action

Twenty Years of Challenge and Progress

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

P03254

Apocalypse Deferred

Girard and Japan


Edited by Jeremiah L. Alberg

P03278

René Girard, Unlikely Apologist

Mimetic Theory and Fundamental Theology

Grant Kaplan

P03162

Conventional and Ultimate Truth

A Key for Fundamental Theology

Joseph Stephen O’Leary

Evolutionary and Molecular Biology

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Actions


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

 Evolutionary and Molecular Biology: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Actions
Paper Edition

This collection of twenty-two research papers explores the creative interaction between evolutionary and molecular biology, philosophy, and theology. It is the result of the third of five international research conferences co-sponsored by the Vatican Observatory, Rome and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley. The overarching goal of these conferences is to support the engagement of constructive theology with the natural sciences and to investigate the philosophical and theological elements in ongoing theoretical research in the natural sciences.

This series of conferences builds on the initial 1987 Vatican Observatory conference and its resulting publication, _Physics, Philosophy and Theology: A Common Quest for Understanding , and on the previous jointly sponsored conferences and their publications, Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature (1993) and Chaos and Complexity _(1995). Future conferences will focus on scientific topics including the neurosciences, quantum physics, and quantum field theory.

Contributors: Robert John Russell, George V. Coyne, S.J., Francisco J. Ayala, Camilo J. Cela-Conde, Julian Chela-Flores, Wesley J. Wildman, Paul Davies, William R. Stoeger, S.J., Charles Birch, George F. R. Ellis, Anne M. Clifford, Willem B. Drees, Philip Hefner, Arthur Peacocke, Denis Edwards, John F. Haught, Ian G. Barbour, Nancey Murphy, Ted Peters, and Thomas F. Tracy.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02753-7

552 pages

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action/Vatican Observatory