There have been many-too many-attempts over the centuries to bring science and religion into harmony. James A. Arieti and Patrick A. Wilson survey and assess these various efforts, from Plato to Aquinas to present-day philosophers and theologians. The Scientific & The Divine examines the perennial issues that keep science and religion at arm's length, clarify those issues, and fit them into an historical framework. This book is ideal for use as a textbook in any course that discusses the interplay between science and faith. Arieti and Wilson do not push an agenda-they take a critical, analytical look at the theories that started when the ancient Greeks realized the religious implications of scientific discovery. The Scientific & The Divine shows the historical continuity of both the central issues and the many potential solutions, and demonstrates which of these theories comes closest to saving the marriage between science and religion.
James A. Arieti is Graves H. Thompson Professor of Classics at Hampden-Sydney College. Patrick A. Wilson is associate professor of philosophy at Hampden-Sydney College.
Part 1 Part One: Science and Religion Chapter 2 The Problem Chapter 3 Is Human Reason Able to Explain the World? Chapter 4 What Is Science? Chapter 5 The Origin of Scientific Attempts to Explain the World Chapter 6 The God of Ancient Philosophers Part 7 Part Two: Reconciling Science and Religion Chapter 8 General Considerations Concerning the Reconciliation of Science and Religion Chapter 9 Plato Chapter 10 Philo of Alexandria Chapter 11 Reconciling Science and Religion in Medieval Islam Chapter 12 Reconciling Science and Religion in Medieval Judaism Chapter 13 Reconciling Science and Religion in the Christian Middle Ages Chapter 14 Reconciling Science and Religion from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment Chapter 15 Science and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Chapter 16 Science and Religion at the End of the Twentieth Century Chapter 17 Conclusion