What are scientific theories? Do they provide knowledge of reality? What does it mean to call ourselves atheist, theist, or agnostic? Do these words describe the complexity of belief? In Adventure in Human Knowledges and Beliefs, readers are adjudicators who "measure" the acceptability of knowledges and beliefs. Andrew Ralls Woodward leads readers through an adventure which includes the philosophy of science, religious studies, and theology. Chapters are concise, but thorough, including introductions to the works of pertinent scholars. Woodward presents readers with philosophical and theological tools used to create a mental "knowledge bar," a measuring bar for knowledge, as well as a science and religion compatibility system between knowledge and belief communities. The conflict of science and religion is approached in a neutral fashion from the "outside" making Adventure in Human Knowledges and Beliefs a valuable resource for teenagers, adults, and working professionals from diverse ages and career backgrounds.
Andrew Ralls Woodward is a doctoral student and junior fellow at the University of Toronto's Trinity College. He is writing a thesis about how the philosophy of science might be used as a model for religious knowledge. Woodward holds degrees in engineering chemistry and theological studies. For additional information about Woodward's work, see www.andrewwoodward.ca.
Contents Prologue This Book and Acknowledgments Part I: Knowledge or Knowledges? Belief or Beliefs? I The Adventure II Knowledges III Beliefs IV Belief as Trust Part II: Scientific and Religious People V Religious Language VI Some Unexpected Surprises VII Faces of Religion / Faces of Science VIII Knowledge and Belief Communities Part III: Adjudicators IX Causes and Explanatory Forces X The "Knowledge Bar" XI Ancient Forms of Knowledge XII The Current Landscape Epilogue What then is reality? Glossary of Strange Sounding Words Bibliography of Works Cited Index of Names and Terms