The field of 'religion and science' is exploding in popularity among academics as well as the general reading public. Spawning an increasing number of conferences and courses, this field has shown an unprecedented rate of growth in recent years. Here for the first time is a single-volume introduction to the debate, written by the leading experts. Making no pretence to encyclopaedic neutrality, each chapter defends a major intellectual position - at the heart of the book is a series of 'pro' and 'con' papers, covering each of the current 'hot topics' (such as evolution versus creation, naturalism versus the supernatural). In addition to treatments of questions of methodology and implications for life and practice, the Handbook includes sections devoted to the major scientific disciplines, the major world religions, and the main sub-disciplines in this exciting and ever-expanding field of study.
I.RELIGION AND SCIENCE ACROSS THE WORLD'S TRADITIONS ; II. CONCEIVING RELIGION IN LIGHT OF THE CONTEMPORARY SCIENCES ; III. THE MAJOR FIELDS OF RELIGION/SCIENCE ; IV. METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION AND SCIENCE ; V. CENTRAL THEORETICAL DEBATES IN RELIGION AND SCIENCE ; 'SCIENCE AND RELIGION' OR 'THEOLOGY AND SCIENCE'? ; SCIENCE, THEOLOGY, AND DIVINE ACTION ; PANENTHEISM AND ITS CRITICS ; EVOLUTION, CREATION, AND BELIEF IN GOD ; INTELLIGENT DESIGN AND ITS CRITICS ; THEOLOGIES OF EMERGENT COMPLEXITY AND THEIR CRITICS ; FEMINIST APPROACHES ; HUMAN NATURE AND ETHICS ; VI. VALUES ISSUES IN RELIGION AND SCIENCE