Focusing on the Catholic pacifism of Daniel and Philip Berrigan and the Jonah House resistance community, the Christian Right's homeschooling movement, and the evangelical Sojourners community, Bivins combines religious studies with political theory to explore the common ground shared by these disparate groups. Despite their vast ideological and institutional differences, Bivins argues, these activists justify their actions in overtly religious terms based on a rejection of basic tenets of the American political system. Analyzing the widespread dissatisfaction with the conventional forms of political identity and affiliation that characterize American civic life today, Bivins sheds light on the complex relations between religion and democratic society.
Practical issues are the ultimate concern of both psychology and spirituality. Gorsuch addresses such issues as examples along the way and in the final set of chapters, which introduce and discuss issues central to clinical psychology and those central to social psychology. Psychology provides an empirical base for many of his discussions, and he devises two methods of dialoging or integrating psychology and spirituality. Of particular interest to psychologists and providers of mental health services and to those involved with the intersection of science and religion.
Written by contributors representing the natural sciences, philosophy, theology, and the history of science, this thought-provoking work is informed by both solid scientific knowledge and keen theological insight. The three sections of the book address (1) relevant biblical, historical, and scientific background, (2) the scientific evidence for an evolving creation, and (3) theological issues commonly raised in connection with evolution, including the nature of God's creative activity, the meaning of the miraculous, and the uniqueness of humankind. Woven through the volume are short meditations designed to direct readers toward worshiping the God of providence.
Contributors: Laurie J. Braaten
Warren S. Brown Jr.
Edward B. Davis
Terry M. Gray
Jeffrey K. Greenberg
Deborah B. Haarsma
James P. Hurd
David N. Livingstone
Keith B. Miller
John C. Munday Jr.
George L. Murphy
Mark A. Noll
Robert John Russell
Howard J. Van Till
David L. Wilcox
"The Science of God" offers an ideal starting point for anyone wishing to engage this new vision for theology. McGrath himself here summarizes his major project and sketches out its implications for many aspects of Christian doctrine. He then explores in an accessible manner all of the major themes of his three-volume work, including the legitimacy of a scientific theology, the purpose and place of natural theology, the foundations of theological realism, the failure of classic foundationalism, the nature of revelation, and the place of metaphysics in theology.
Praise for "A Scientific Theology" by Alister E. McGrath
bOne of the best systematic theologies to appear in some time.b
-- "Religious Studies Review"
bA monumental project equal to McGrathbs reputation. . . . The most comprehensive, significant, and influential work by an evangelical on theological method to date.b
-- "Pro Ecclesia"
bMcGrath is admirably suited to take on such a large task. . . . An important theological trilogy.b
-- "Theological Studies"
Schwarz first surveys scientific explanations for the origins of the universe and of life and discusses the scientific understanding of matter, space, time, and determinism. He then reviews the history of Christian responses to science's discoveries, including a summary of reactions from Christian scientists. He completes his analysis with a proposal for the development of a Christian understanding of creation.
Through this engaging approach Schwarz leads Christians and scientists away from isolation in their respective arenas and draws them toward an appreciation of their complementary contributions to the questions of humanity's origin and destiny. Ultimately, he maintains that Christian hope is based neither on science nor on the denial of science, but on God's self-disclosure in the life and destiny of Jesus the Christ.
Written by an international, interdisciplinary team of scholars sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, "From Cells to Souls -- and Beyond examines such questions as personal identity, the meaning of "human," the mind-body relationship, and subjective spiritual experience. Each topic is discussed against the backdrop of biblical theology with the relevant science made clear. The result is a fresh interpretation of the Christian doctrine of humankind true to both science and Scripture.
Contributors: Diogenes Allen
Warren S. Brown
Joel B. Green
D. Gareth Jones
C. Michael Steel
Alan J. Torrance
Philip H. Wiebe