Mathematics And Religion

Author: Javier Leach
Publisher: Templeton Press
ISBN: 9781599471495
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Mathematics And Religion from the Author: Javier Leach. Mathematics and Religion: Our Languages of Sign and Symbol is the sixth title published in the Templeton Science and Religion Series, in which scientists from a wide range of fields distill their experience and knowledge into brief tours of their respective specialties. In this volume, Javier Leach, a mathematician and Jesuit priest, leads a fascinating study of the historical development of mathematical language and its influence on the evolution of metaphysical and theological languages. Leach traces three historical moments of change in this evolution: the introduction of the deductive method in Greece, the use of mathematics as a language of science in modern times, and the formalization of mathematical languages in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As he unfolds this fascinating history, Leach notes the striking differences and interrelations between the two languages of science and religion. Until now there has been little reflection on these similarities and differences, or about how both languages can complement and enrich each other.

The Templeton Science And Religion Reader

Author: J. Wetzel van Huysssteen
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN: 1599474182
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The Templeton Science And Religion Reader from the Author: J. Wetzel van Huysssteen. Our attempts to understand the world around us are greatly advanced by scientific research, which holds nearly unlimited potential to address our questions of what? and how? Some scientific fields, however, seem to take a hands-off approach to the big question of why? Why does the universe work the way it does? Why do our brains make us think certain thoughts or feel certain sensations? Why did we evolve the way we did? Some fundamental scientific understanding is necessary before one can venture too deeply into these types of inquiries, which almost inevitably involve larger philosophical and theological implications. The Templeton Science and Religion Reader invites readers to explore some of these fascinating questions and offers them the kind of knowledge they’ll need in order to seriously consider possible answers. In the Templeton Science and Religion Series, scientific experts from a wide range of fields have distilled their experience and knowledge into brief tours of their respective specialties. The series was launched in 2008 with the publication of the inaugural volume, Medicine, Religion, and Health. Since that time, the series editors J. Wentzel van Huyssteen and Khalil Chamcham have expanded it to nine titles covering everything from paleontology to neuroscience to technology. Now, in The Templeton Science and Religion Reader, the editors have gathered together the very best chapters from these volumes into a single edited collection. These chapters presuppose no scientific background and are designed to be accessible to the general reader. Each section may have a different focus—a quantum, a star in a galaxy, a bee, or the seat of human intelligence, which some may call the soul—but the editors have done a great service to the reader by juxtaposing these subjects in a way that suggests how each one relates to other entities, including both its own kind and the wider global environment. The end result is a truly cohesive collection that will both broaden and deepen our understanding of these interconnected relations and, in turn, the world around us. Contributors include Denis R. Alexander, Justin L. Barrett, R. J. Berry, Warren S. Brown, Noreen Herzfeld, Malcom Jeeves, Harold G. Koenig, Javier Leach, Joseph Silk, and Ian Tattersall.

Horizons Of Cosmology

Author: Joseph Silk
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN: 159947364X
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Horizons Of Cosmology from the Author: Joseph Silk. Horizons of Cosmology: Exploring Worlds Seen and Unseen is the fourth title published in the Templeton Science and Religion Series, in which scientists from a wide range of fields distill their experience and knowledge into brief tours of their respective specialties. In this volume, highly esteemed astrophysicist Joseph Silk explores the vast mysteries and speculations of the field of cosmology in a way that balances an accessible style for the general reader and enough technical detail for advanced students and professionals. Indeed, while the physical laws and origins of the universe can be endlessly complex, even Einstein once mused that they could be explained simply enough to be grasped by nonspecialists. To that end Silk begins by introducing the basic story of the major discoveries in cosmology over the past century—wherein we learned that we live in an expanding universe populated with galaxies and stars. The middle chapters examine a number of contemporary puzzles such as dark matter and dark energy. The last third of the book looks at the human side of cosmology and moves to the more philosophical frontiers of the field, such as concepts of multiverses and time travel—areas of exploration where some crossover into speculative territory becomes unavoidable. In the past century alone, our understanding of the universe has expanded exponentially, and it will be fascinating to see what discoveries the next hundred years hold. Few books will provide such a thorough understanding of where we have been and what might lie ahead as Horizons of Cosmology.

Webs Of Reality

Author: William Austin Stahl
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813531076
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Webs Of Reality from the Author: William Austin Stahl. Science and religion are often thought to be advancing irreconcilable goals and thus to be mutually antagonistic. Yet in the often acrimonious debates between the scientific and religious communities, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that both science and religion are systems of thought and knowledge that aim to understand the world and our place in it.Webs of Reality is a rare examination of the interrelationship between religion and science from a social science perspective, offering a broad view of the relationship, and posing practical questions regarding technology and ethics. Emphasizing how science and religion are practiced instead of highlighting the differences between them, the authors look for the subtle connections, tacit understandings, common history, symbols, and implicit myths that tie them together. How can the practice of science be understood from a religious point of view? What contributions can science make to religious understanding of the world? What contributions can the social sciences make to understanding both knowledge systems? Looking at religion and science as fields of inquiry and habits of mind, the authors discover not only similarities between them but also a wide number of ways in which they complement each other.

The Humble Approach

Author: John Templeton
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN: 9781890151171
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The Humble Approach from the Author: John Templeton. The Humble Approach argues against centuries of belief in the scientific world regarding the non-existen ce of God. Taking his cue from the writings of many celebrat ed scientists the author maintains that God is very great an d humans are very small. '

God And The Chip

Author: William A. Stahl
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 0889203210
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God And The Chip from the Author: William A. Stahl. Our ancestors saw the material world as alive, and they often personified nature. Today we claim to be realists. But in reality we are not paying attention to the symbols and myths hidden in technology. Beneath much of our talk about computers and the Internet, claims William A. Stahl, is an unacknowledged mysticism, an implicit religion. By not acknowledging this mysticism, we have become critically short of ethical and intellectual resources with which to understand and confront changes brought on by technology.

The Great Partnership

Author: Jonathan Sacks
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 144470303X
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The Great Partnership from the Author: Jonathan Sacks. Writing with his usual grace and fluency, Jonathan Sacks moves beyond the tired arguments of militant atheists such as Dawkins and Hitchens, to explore how religion has always played a valuable part in human culture and far from being dismissed as redundant, must be allowed to temper and develop scientific understanding in order for us to be fully human. Ranging around the world to draw comparisons from different cultures, and delving deep into the history of language and of western civilisation, Jonathan Sacks shows how the predominance of science-oriented thinking is embedded deeply even in our religious understanding, and calls on us to recognise the centrality of relationship to true religion, and thus to see how this core value of relationship is essential if we are to avoid the natural tendency for science to rule our lives rather than fulfilling its promise to set us free.

Galileo Goes To Jail And Other Myths About Science And Religion

Author: Ronald L. Numbers
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674033272
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Galileo Goes To Jail And Other Myths About Science And Religion from the Author: Ronald L. Numbers. Ronald Numbers has recruited the leading scholars in this new history of science to puncture the myths, from Galileo's incarceration to Darwin's deathbed conversion to Einstein's belief in a personal God who "didn't play dice with the universe." Each chapter in Galileo Goes to Jail shows how much we have to gain by seeing beyond the myths.

Born Believers

Author: Justin L. Barrett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439196575
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Born Believers from the Author: Justin L. Barrett. Infants have a lot to make sense of in the world: Why does the sun shine and night fall; why do some objects move in response to words, while others won’t budge; who is it that looks over them and cares for them? How the developing brain grapples with these and other questions leads children, across cultures, to naturally develop a belief in a divine power of remarkably consistent traits––a god that is a powerful creator, knowing, immortal, and good—explains noted developmental psychologist and anthropologist Justin L. Barrett in this enlightening and provocative book. In short, we are all born believers. Belief begins in the brain. Under the sway of powerful internal and external influences, children understand their environments by imagining at least one creative and intelligent agent, a grand creator and controller that brings order and purpose to the world. Further, these beliefs in unseen super beings help organize children’s intuitions about morality and surprising life events, making life meaningful. Summarizing scientific experiments conducted with children across the globe, Professor Barrett illustrates the ways human beings have come to develop complex belief systems about God’s omniscience, the afterlife, and the immortality of deities. He shows how the science of childhood religiosity reveals, across humanity, a “natural religion,” the organization of those beliefs that humans gravitate to organically, and how it underlies all of the world’s major religions, uniting them under one common source. For believers and nonbelievers alike, Barrett offers a compelling argument for the human instinct for religion, as he guides all parents in how to effectively encourage children in developing a healthy constellation of beliefs about the world around them.

Invisible Forces And Powerful Beliefs

Author: Chicago Social Brain Network
Publisher: FT Press
ISBN: 0137075456
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Invisible Forces And Powerful Beliefs from the Author: Chicago Social Brain Network. Can science and religion work together, after all? * *Synthesizes an extraordinary five-year long conversation about humanity's deepest questions, by a group of highly respected scientists, physicians, philosophers, and theologians. *Beyond 'science vs. religion' wars: insights that draw on the latest research and enduring wisdom. *Answers and questions that point to a richer understanding of who we are, what we share, and what it means. Can religion and science co-exist? Do they? Is religion hardwired in humans? Invisible Forces and Powerful Belief seeks to answer these questions. The book, from the Chicago Social Brain Network, is the result of an extraordinary ongoing conversation among a group of highly respected scientists, physicians, philosophers, and theologians. Together, they share profound insights into the deepest questions humans ask and explore the invisible forces and powerful beliefs that shape our lives. Their insights reflect both humanity's latest science and its most enduring wisdom. Their answers and questions will challenge readers and reward them with a richer understand of who we are, what we share, and what it means. * *What do we really know about human nature? *How do we see what we see, know what we know, feel what we feel? *How do people come to believe in God? *Where does empathy come from? *What are the health benefits of faith? *Where do you end, and others begin? *What do marriage, family, and friendship mean? *How can people repair the broken connections that keep them lonely? The Chicago Social Brain Project is an ongoing network of more than a dozen scholars unbounded by disciplinary precincts, geographical borders, or methodological perspectives. The Network's goal is to set aside the antagonisms that have grown up between science and humanities in order to explore diverse ways of seeing the world, and shed new light on the human mind. Its scholars hail from psychology, neurology, theology, statistics, philosophy, internal medicine, anthropology, sociology, and other disciplines. Network members interact constantly, and the entire Network convenes twice annually for a four-day retreat to discuss, critique, and learn from each others' work