Science, Theology and Ethics

Science, Theology and Ethics

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Science challenges faith to seek fuller understanding; and faith challenges science to be socially and ethically responsible. This book begins with faith in God the Creator of the world, and then expands our understanding of creation in light of Big Bang cosmology and new discoveries in physics. Examining the expanding frontier of genetic research, Ted Peters draws out implications for theological understandings of human nature and human freedom. Issues discussed include: methodology in science and theology; eschatology in cosmology and theology; freedom and responsibility in evolution and theology; and genetic determinism, genetic engineering, and cloning in relation to freedom, the commodification of human life, and equitable distribution of the fruits of genetic technology. The dialogue model of relationship between science and religion, proposed in this book, provides a common ground for the disparate voices among theologians, scientists, and world religions. This common ground has the potential to breathe new life into current debates about the world in which we live, move, and have our beingshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 20mm | 480.82g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0754608255
  • 9780754608257

Table of contents

From conflict to consonance: Theology and science: where are we?; Scientific research and the Christian faith; Physics, cosmology, and creation - The terror of time; God as the future of cosmic creativity; David Bohm, postmodernism, and the divine; Exo-theology - speculations on extra-terrestrial life. Genetics, ethics, and our evolutionary future: Genetics and genethics - are we playing God with our genes?; Cloning shock - a theological reaction; The stem cell debate - ethical questions; Designer children - the market world of reproductive choice; Multiple choice in baby making; In search of the perfect child - genetic testing and selective abortion; Playing God and germline intervention; Co-evolution - pain or promise. Nuclear waste and earth ethics: Nuclear waste - the ethics of disposal; Whole and part - the tension between the common good and the individual freedom; Not in my backyard - the crisis in waste siting. The human body - a theological prognosis: Wholeness in salvation and healing; The physical body of immortality.show more
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