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God and Contemporary Science (Edinburgh Studies in Constructive Theology) [Paperback]

By Philip Clayton (Editor)
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New in the Edinburgh Studies in Constructive Theology. Vigorously defending the notion of "pantheism," which locates the world within the divine being, yet still insists on God's transcendence, Clayton's seminal arguments draw on the Bible, philosophy, theology, and science.

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It is widely believed that contemporary science has ruled out divine action in the world. Arguing that theology can and must respond to this challenge, Philip Clayton surveys the available biblical and philosophical resources. Recent work in cosmology, quantum physics, and the brain sciences offers exciting new openings for a theology of divine action. If Christian theism is to make use of these opportunities, says Clayton, it must place a greater stress on divine immanence. In response to this challenge, Clayton defends the doctrine of panentheism, the view that the world is in some sense "within" God although God also transcends the world. God and Contemporary Science offers the first book-length defense of panentheism as a viable option within traditional Christian theology. Clayton first defends a "postfoundationalist" model of theology that is concerned more with the coherence of Christian belief than with rational obligation or proof. He makes the case that the Old and New Testament theologies do not stand opposed to panentheism but actually support it at a number of points. He then outlines the philosophical strengths of a panentheistic view of God's relation to the world and God's activity in the world. The remainder of the book applies this theological position to recent scientific developments: theories of the origin of the universe; quantum mechanics, or the physics of the very small; the debate about miracles; and neuroscientific theories of human thought.

Awards and Recognitions
God and Contemporary Science (Edinburgh Studies in Constructive Theology) by Philip Clayton has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Outstanding Books in Theology and the Natural Sciences - 1998 Winner - Outstanding Book category

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.17" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.99 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 26, 1998
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series  New Studies In Constructive Theo  
ISBN  080284460X  
ISBN13  9780802844606  

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Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology.
Steven Knapp is President and Professor of English at George Washington University.

Philip Clayton has an academic affiliation as follows - Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology; Professor of Philoso.

Philip Clayton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Edinburgh Studies in Constructive Theology
  2. Oxford Handbooks
  3. Theology & the Sciences

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One of the Best Contributions in Years!!  Apr 22, 2001
Philip Clayton has written an extensive study on how science and theology relate to each other. Not only is the book theologically sound, Clayton reviews a lot of contemporary scientific theories. Especially if you are interested in chaos theory, self-organization, emergence, and its relation to theological reflection about divine action, this book is a must read. It is not for nothing that the famous Templeton Foundation rewarded Clayton with an important prize!

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