June 23, 2008

[Book] "Why the Science and Religion Dialogue Matters"

Why the Science and Religion Dialogue Matters
Voices from the International Society for Science and Religion
Edited by Fraser Watts and Kevin Dutton
October 2006, 6 x 9, 168 pages
Book Description:
Each world faith tradition has its own distinctive relationship with science, and the science-religion dialogue benefits from a greater awareness of what this relationship is. In this book, members of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) offer international and multi-faith perspectives on how new discoveries in science are met with insights regarding spiritual realities.
The essays reflect the conviction that “religion and science each proceed best when they’re pursued in dialogue with each other, and also that our fragmented and divided world would benefit more from a stronger dialogue between science and religion.” In Part One, George F. R. Ellis, John C. Polkinghorne, and Holmes Rolston III, each a Templeton Prize winner, discuss their views on why the science and religion dialogue matters. They are joined in Part Two by distinguished theologians Fraser Watts and Philip Clayton, who place the dialogue in an international context; John Polkinghorne’s inaugural address to the ISSR in 2002 is also included. In Part Three, five members of the ISSR look at the distinctive relationships of their faiths to science:
  • Carl Feit on Judaism
  • Munawar Anees on Islam
  • B.V. Subbarayappa on Hinduism
  • Trinh Xuan Thuan on Buddhism
  • Heup Young Kim on Asian Christianity
George Ellis, the recently elected second president of ISSR, summarizes the contributions of his colleagues. Ronald Cole-Turner then concludes the book with a discussion of the future of the science and religion dialogue.
  • Theological insights from an international perspective
  • First collection of essays from the International Society for Science and Religion
  • Offers multi-faith perspectives from Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and Asian-Christian viewpoints

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