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Pascal's Fire - Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding
Pascal's Fire - Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding

Pascal's Fire - Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding

by Keith Ward

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Language

English

Publisher

Viva Books

ISBN

1851684468 - Year: 2007 - Pages: 270

Binding

Paperback

Keith Ward

Author: Keith Ward
Publisher: Viva Books
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 270
ISBN/UPC (if available): 1851684468

Description

In the midst of global resurgence of interest in religion, and especially religion's relation to modern scientific knowledge, "Pascal's Fire" offers an erudite and original perspective. Many scientists have written about religion; a few theologians have written about science.

However, this is the first contemporary volume in which a theologian takes on science in its own territory. Contrary to Nietzsche's famous assertion, best-selling author Keith Ward argues that God is far from dead. In fact, the rapidly expanding boundaries of scientific discovery, which many attribute to His murder, actually provide persuasive evidence for His existence. By examining how four ground-breaking changes in the history of scientific discourse (the Earth as the center of the universe, the Newtonian revolution, Darwin's Theory of Evolution and quantum physics) affect our conception of God, Ward argues that each individual challenge elicits a new updated concept of God rather than an obituary. Dealing with modern critics, such as Richard Dawkins, Ward claims that the key is not to conceive of God as frequently interventionist, nor as exclusively concerned with the human experience. Rather, His role is as the creator of an exquisite and infinitely beautiful universe that depends upon a number of precise mathematical relationships for its existence. Combining cutting edge science with thought provoking discourses about morality, religion and the meaning of life, Keith Ward provides a fascinating take on the science versus religion debate, offering 'a third way' which is guaranteed to spark debate for years to come.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface

Introduction

PART I: THE FORMATION OF THE SCIENTIFIC
WORLDVIEW

1. The end of the anthropocentric universe
2. The Intellectual Beauty of Being
3.The Life of the Universe
4. The Evolution of Life on Earth
5. Freedom, suffering and omnipotence
6. The Veiled World
7. The Open Future
8. The Implicate Order

PART II: THE SEARCH FOR ULTIMATE
EXPLANATION : THE GOD OF THE SCIENTISTS

9. The Limits of science
10. The Explanation of Everything
11. The Emergence of the Soul
12. The origins of Culture
13. Cosmic Ontogenesis


PART III: THE GOD OF RELIGION

14. God’s action in the Universe
15. Beyond the powers of Nature?
16. Immortal life
17. The Ultimate Goal


Bibliography

Index

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