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Religion, Science and Naturalism

Religion, Science and Naturalism


  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521645621

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  • This book considers the consequences of the natural sciences (physics, biology, neurosciences) for our view of the world. Willem Drees argues that higher, more complex levels of reality, such as religion and morality, are to be viewed as natural phenomena and have their own concepts and explanations, even though all elements of reality are constituted by the same kinds of matter (ontological naturalism). Religion and morality are to be understood as rooted in our evolutionary past and our neurophysiological constitution. The book takes a more radical naturalist position than most on religion and science. But religion is not dismissed: religious traditions remain important as bodies of wisdom and vision, and the naturalist view of the world does not exclude a sense of wonder and awe, since at the limits of science questions about the existence of natural reality persist.

    • Offers a new view of the relationship between science and religion
    • Argues from a naturalistic standpoint that scientific and religious experience complement each other
    • Equally readable by philosophers of science and theologians
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Physicist-philosopher-theologian Willem Drees appears as a rising star over an expanding field of science and religion.' American Scientist

    'Drees is to be commended for his clear-sighted grasp of the drastic stripping-down of religion required to fit the naturalistic grid.' First Things

    'William Drees' wide-ranging and clearly structured study is a welcome - and challenging - addition … Drees' study demands, deserves and repays careful reading.' Epworth Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521645621
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Religion and science: strategies, definitions, and issues
    2. Histories of relationships between science and religion
    3. Theology and knowledge of the world
    4. Theology and knowledge of human nature
    5. Science, religion, and naturalism

  • Author

    Willem B. Drees, Universiteit Leiden

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