science and religion

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Science & religion

Essential books

The Big Questions in Science and Religion, by Keith Ward (Templeton Foundation Press). Of the many excellent overviews of current issues in the interaction of science and religion, this one is readable and balanced, a good start for a broad audience. A theologian conversant with scientific issues, Ward covers ten questions, from the big bang to revelation and divine action.

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Einstein and Religion, by Max Jammer

As a symbol of scientific genius, Albert Einstein the public icon has had as great an effect on 20th-century thought as his theories have had on modern science.

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Neurotheology?

The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience, by Eugene D'Aquili and Andrew B. Newberg

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Searching for patterns

How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, by Michael Shermer

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When Science Meets Religion, by Ian Barbour; Faith, Science, and Understanding, by John Polkinghorne; and Can A Darwinian Be a Christian?, by Michael Ruse

Ian Barbour finds four major options in the current literature on science and religion: conflict, independence, dialogue and integration. Though he clearly prefers the latter two approaches, he explains well the attraction that some people feel for the former two.

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Last things

The End of the World and the Ends of God: Science and Theology on Eschatology, edited by John Polkinghorne and Michael Welker