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Nature, Human Nature, and God

Author: 
Ian G. Barbour (Author)
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In his latest work, the dean of religion and science tackles some of the thorniest issues posed by contemporary thought. Thoroughly conversant with current developments, Barbour offers astute analyses of the shape and import of evolutionary theory, indeterminacy, neuroscience, information theory, and artificial intelligence. He also addresses deeper philosophical issues and the idea of nature itself. Then with characteristic clarity and verve, Barbour advances to the interconnected religious questions at the core of contemporary debate: Are humans free? Does religion itself evolve? Are we immortal? Is God omnipotent? How does God act in nature? Barbour's creative and constructive work offers hope that newer religious insights and imperatives occasioned by deep interaction with science can address the environmental and global challenges posed by science's relentless advance.
ISBN: 
9780800634773
Price: 
$18.00
Release date: 
June 24, 2002
Pages: 
184
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Awards

Three Fortress Press Titles Chosen as Templeton Foundation Books of Distinction 2005

MINNEAPOLIS (May 16, 2005) — Three books from Fortress Press, Nature, Human Nature and God by Ian G. Barbour, Technology and Human Becoming by Philip Hefner, and Creation by Alister McGrath have been chosen for the newly selected 2005 Books of Distinction by the Templeton Foundation Press.

The Books of Distinction is a distinguished group of books that was selected by a panel from the Templeton Foundation Press. In announcing these books, Sir John Templeton helps to reiterate his mission and the driving force behind the John Templeton Foundation: "For two hundred years research has been devoted to science, technology, and economics. We have benefited enormously — yet recently more and more people are realizing that 'something' is missing. As we begin the 21st century, there is a renewed thirst for spirituality and for research into spirituality. We have an incredible opportunity before us: if we now dedicate research to spirituality, and information grows just 5% yearly, we will have more than a 100-fold increase in a single century!"

The Books of Distinction program for 2005 features twenty-nine books. Books of Distinction, launched in 2004 with thirty-nine books, is a marketing and promotion campaign through which books from publishers in the USA and the UK benefit from a supplemental promotion and marketing program funded by the John Templeton Foundation and managed by Templeton Foundation Press. The criteria for inclusion in the program is that the book advances the science and religion dialogue by increasing awareness of spirituality in our understanding of the workings of the universe and in our daily lives.

Joanna Hill, director of Templeton Foundation Press and manager of Books of Distinction, adds, "Each of the books selected for the Books of Distinction program brings us a bit closer to the possibility of vastly increasing our awareness of spirituality. Whether the topic is scientific research, cosmological speculation, philosophy, psychology, theology, or another field, each book contributes in a significant manner to the growing dialogue between science and religion, to the promotion of ethical values and the development of character, and to a humble approach in all of life's endeavors."

Books of Distinction are featured in a direct mail piece that is sent to scholars, researchers, libraries, and other organizations and individuals, with the goal of encouraging classroom adoption, group sales, and individual sales. Advertisements for the books run in national publications and press releases focusing on several books at a time are issued throughout the year.

Table of Contents

    Preface

  1. Introduction

  2. God and Evolution
    Darwinism Evolving
    Biological Processes
    Models of God's Action in Nature
    God's Action in Process Theology

  3. Evolution, Genetics, and Human Nature
    Human Evolution
    Human Nature in Theology
    Genetic Determination and Human Freedom

  4. Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Nature
    Neuroscience and Selfhood
    The Self in Theology
    Artificial Intelligence and Human Nature
    Philosophical Interpretations of Consciousness
    Process Philosophy

  5. God and Nature: A Process View
    Historical Background
    God's Self-Limitation
    Process Theology

  6. Theology, Ethics, and the Environment
    Historical Background
    God and Nature
    Humanity and Nature
    Justice, Technology, and the Environment

    Acknowledgments
    Notes
    Index of Authors
    Index of Subjects