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Fish on Religion and Science

Stanley Fish has a great new post following up on criticism of his review of Terry Eagleton’s new book: Some readers find a point of vulnerability in what they take to be religion’s flaccid, Polyanna-like, happy-days optimism. Religious people, says Delphinias, live their lives “in a state of blissfully blind oblivion.” They rely on holy […]

John Zizioulas on Intelligent Design?

I’m now reading what I take to be the best book written by an Orthodox theologian in the last 20 years, with the possible exception of Hart’s The Beauty of the Infinite.  John Zizioulas’ Communion and Otherness is a masterpiece that is not only beautifully Eastern, but philosophically erudite and which engages meaningfully with Western […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Outline

Here are all the posts in my Theology and Science series so they can be accessed more easily: Prelude I. Introduction II. The Evangelical Love Affair with Modern Science III. The Poetic Imagination of Objectivity Michael Polanyi (Part 1) Thomas Khun (Part 2) IV. Theological Perspectives Walter Brueggemann (Part 1) Lesslie Newbigin (Part 2) Stanley […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Theological Perspectives (Part 3)

3. Stanley Grenz: Science and Eschatological RealismStanley Grenz has done much in the way of exploring the resources of Christian theology to engage the concerns of the postmodern culture. One key issue that comes to the fore in this discussion is epistemology, particularly the question of epistemological realism. This question has doubtless been floating at […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Theological Perspectives (Part 2)

2. Lesslie Newbigin: Proper Confidence in a Pluralist Society As noted above, Newbigin’s work has achieved much attention and acclaim, particularly his work on pluralism and the issue of certainty in the Christian faith. Newbigin provides in many ways the theological application of Polanyi’s insights to the dialogue between theology and science. Newbigin notes that […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Theological Perspectives (Part 1)

IV. Regaining a Theological Perspective on Objectivity and KnowledgeA critical point is being reached in constructing a theological response to the challenge of science. We have noted that science is considerably more limited and less intimidating than the standard evangelical approaches have often thought. Science, like theology is a particular, situated discipline embodied in a […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern Word: The Poetic Imagination of ‘Objectivity’ (Part 2)

III. Scientists Deconstructing Science: The Poetic Imagination of ‘Objectivity’ (Part 2)2. Thomas Kuhn: Paradigm Shifts and the Priority of Worldview If Polanyi is responsible for laying the foundation of a new understanding of science, Thomas Kuhn must be recognized as the most influential voice to extend and articulate this new understanding of the nature of […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: The Poetic Imagination of Objectivity (Part 1)

III. Scientists Deconstructing Science: The Poetic Imagination of ‘Objectivity’ (Part 1) It should now be apparent that any theological approach to science must attempt to move beyond the standard modernist account. The modernist account of science pictures it as an objective, universal discipline that operates impartially on the basis of the scientific method, which is […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: The Love Affair of Evangelicalism and Modern Science

II. Outdoing the Scientists: The Love Affair of Evangelicalism and Modern Science Theology and science in the modern world have not seemingly had a happy coexistence. Issues of ‘creation v. evolution’ have cast the relationship between evangelicalism and science into a light that seems clearly to be one of contention. Thus, it seems hardly appropriate […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World: Introduction

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World:A Theo-Poetic Thought Experiment After all the seas are cross’d, (as they seem already cross’d,)After the great captains and engineers have accomplish’d their work,After the noble inventors, after the scientists, the chemist, the geologist, ethnologist,Finally shall come the poet worthy of that name,The true son of God shall come […]

Theology and Science in the Postmodern World

In addition to my series on evangelicalism I will be posting a series over the next while on the relationship between theology and science. These posts are based on an extensive essay I wrote some time ago exploring some key issues related to how the science-theology relation is usually construed and how such a discussion […]

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