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Science and Religion: Understanding the Issues

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8966-8
368 pages
May 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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From the heliocentric controversy and evolution, to debates on biotechnology and the environment, this book offers a balanced introduction to the key issues in science and religion.

  • A balanced, introductory textbook which fully spans the interface between science and religion, and includes illustrations of scientific concepts throughout
  • Explores key historical issues, including the heliocentric controversy, and evolution, but also topics of current importance, such as biotechnology and environmental issues
  • Appendices include a wide range of biblical readings; excerpts from early philosophers, theologians and scientists, including Aristotle, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Galileo, Newton, and Darwin; and short works from twentieth and twenty-first century scientists and theologians
  • Accessibly structured in to sections covering cosmology, evolution, and ethics in a scientific age
  • Provides significant coverage of scientific information and balanced explanations of the key debates for introductory students
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CHAPTER 1: LEARNING FROM THE PAST.

CHAPTER 2: HOW WE KNOW WHAT WE KNOW.

PART TWO: COSMOLOGY.

CHAPTER 3: EXPLANATIONS OF THE COSMOS.

CHAPTER 4: CREATION MYTHS.

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CHAPTER 5: CURRENT UNDERSTANDINGS OF THE UNIVERSE.

CHAPTER 6: ESCHATOLOGY.

PART THREE: EVOLUTION.

CHAPTER 7: DARWIN CHANGES EVERYTHING.

CHAPTER 8: SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS OF THE ORIGINS OF LIFE.

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CHAPTER 9: EVIDENCE FOR EVOLUTION.

CHAPTER 10: EVOLUTION AND DESIGN.

CHAPTER 11: HUMAN EVOLUTION.

PART FOUR: ETHICS IN A SCIENTIFIC AGE.

CHAPTER 12: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN.

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CHAPTER 13: GENDER ISSUES.

CHAPTER 14: THE PROMISE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY.

CHAPTER 15: THE MEDICINE OF TOMORROW.

CHAPTER 16: STEWARDSHIP AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

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CHAPTER 17: COMMON THREADS AND ULTIMATE TRUTHS

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Nancy Morvillo is Associate Professor of Biology at Florida Southern College and co-director of the Florida Center for Science and Religion. She mentors undergraduate students in original genetic research and has published in a variety of scientific and educational journals.
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  • A balanced, introductory textbook which fully spans the interface between science and religion, and includes illustrations of scientific concepts throughout
  • Explores key historical issues, including the heliocentric controversy, and evolution, but also topics of current importance, such as biotechnology and environmental issues
  • Appendices include a wide range of biblical readings; excerpts from early philosophers, theologians and scientists, including Aristotle, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, Galileo, Newton, and Darwin; and short works from twentieth and twenty-first century scientists and theologians
  • Accessibly structured in to sections covering cosmology, evolution, and ethics in a scientific age
  • Provides significant coverage of scientific information and balanced explanations of the key debates for introductory students
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“This is a well presented and interesting book written in a clear and economic style . . . These suggestions are made in the hope that this excellent work could become essential reading for courses in this country on science and religion.”  (Science and Religion, 1 November 2012)

"Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (Choice, 1 March 2011)

"Professor Morvillo has written a most informative, interesting, and timely work on the relationship between science and religion. Her creative synthesis has the distinction of being accessible to students and other readers without sacrificing depth and originality. A most appealing introduction to a very complex set of topics."
John F Haught, Georgetown University

"This is an excellent introduction to science and religion that focuses on how the disciplines of science and Christian theology can inform each other. Nancy Morvillo offers both a historical perspective and an up-to-date survey of contemporary thinking on the central topics of methodology, cosmology, evolution, and ethics."
Mary Kathleen Cunningham, North Carolina State University

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