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Competing Truths: Theology and Science as Sibling Rivals [Paperback]

By Richard J. Coleman (Author)
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In Competing truths, Richard Coleman discusses how science dethroned theology, but how science then failed to answer the perennial questions: what is human nature, what is the nature of the universe, and what is humankind's place in the cosmos? The dethroning of science is the reason for the postmodern chaos of competing ideologies.

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Recent books about the relationship between science and theology have generally taken one of two positions. Some argue that the differences between the two disciplines are irreconcilable, and there can be no constructive conversation between the two. Others argue that there should be a genuine rapprochement between the two since they are both truth-seeking disciplines. Richard Coleman disagrees with both approaches, and argues that theology and science are sibling rivals competing for the attention of truth seekers. In Competing Truths he contends that, in the Renaissance, theology lost its place as "queen of the sciences" thanks to the combative nature of its "sibling," science. Although science did not reign in the same way as theology did mainly because science itself was displaced by philosophy it sought to answer the same questions that theology did. This book places the conversation between theology and science in its broadest possible context, pushing both scientists and theologians past the paradigms of comparison and contrast, opposition and competition. Coleman recommends that both siblings use the model of narrative truth to connect the word-truth of theology with the fact-like statements of science, since narrative truth has the potential to connect decisive events in a way that teases out their significance and meaning. Coleman's helpful historical surveys and his constructive arguments will galvanize scientists and theologians to challenge each other, while still seeking truth in their own particular traditions. Richard J. Coleman is a minister in the United Church of Christ, a participant in the pastor-theologian program sponsored by the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton, and the author of Issues of Theological Conflict. He lives in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

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Studio: Trinity Press International
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2001
Publisher   Trinity Press International
ISBN  1563383608  
ISBN13  9781563383601  

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Getting the Know the Truth  Mar 8, 2002
There is a small but growing band of Christians who believe an honest dialogue between science and theology is not only possible and necessary but would be beneficial to both parties. Richard Coleman is committed to the enhancement of such a dialogue. His book is an excellent addition to this endeavor. His description of the relationship between sicience and theology as sibling rivals alters the myth of science and theology as enduring enemies and gives a new sense of the long, complex and exciting history of two tradititons growing up in the same household. Sibling rival captures the depth of love, hate, power and passsion tht exists between these two worldviews. He writes, "I wish to take seriously a scientific view of the world, knowing that it is limited and embedded in its own self interest, and ash how it coheres with a theological understanding, likewise circumscribed and driven by it own intereest."

The argument in this book focuses on the relationship between ontology and epistemology and the shift that is taking place in current science and theological communities. Coleman develops interesting lists that help explain how both disciplines approach the relationship between how-we-come-to know and the world itself. Science, for example, developed an epistemology that depended upon manipulation and vexing nature. Theology was more passive, accepting and responsive in it understanding of the world and prized mediation as the par excellence way of knowing. The scientific epistemology (empiricism) eventually became the accepted way of knowing, but the author believes both disciplines have valuable and distinctive ways to answer the perennial questions about the nature of the universe, who we are, and our place within it all.

Critical to his argument is the shift in our postmoderan age concerning the ontological real. No longer is the scientific community so confident that its epistemology will give final solutions to life's questions about nature and human existence. There is a deeper understanding of the universe which indicates there is more mystery and depth than expected. The author's extensive knowledge of the literature in science, theology and postmodern philosopy is amazing.

This is not an easy book to read but the author does explain any technical terms. It demands some knowledge in the fields of science, theology and current philosophical trends, but anyone who thinks the dialogue between science and theology is the critical interfiath conversation for out time will be informed, rewarded and encouraged by this book. It would be an excellent text for parish discussion groups of scientists and a fine text for student in both theological school and colleges.

Read "Competing Truth, Theology and Science as Sibling Rivals" for a hopeful possibility.


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