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Conversations in Science and Religion

ISSN No: 2058-279X
Series Editor(s):
Prof Neil Spurway
Rev Dr Michael Fuller
Dr Louise Hickman

Series Description

This series of books is the result of the annual conferences of the Science and Religion Forum – a group of scientists and people with religious (not necessarily Christian) sympathies, who are keen to explore the interface between these two major strands of human thinking. A typical volume contains five or six long essays by invited contributors to the conference, and a rather larger number of shorter papers selected from the contributions offered by conference attendees.

Editor(s) Biography

Neil Spurway studied at Cambridge, but has worked in the University of Glasgow ever since, and is now Emeritus Professor of Exercise Physiology. He has chaired Glasgow’s Gifford Lectureships Committee, as well as the present Forum, been President of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow and Vice-President of the European Society for the Study of Science And Theology, and also edited the latter’s journal, ESSSAT News. Alongside considerable scientific writing he initiated the present series and edited three of its previous volumes—most recently Laws of Nature, Laws of God? (2015).

Michael Fuller, the Forum’s Chair, studied chemistry at Oxford and theology at Cambridge. He served as a priest in the dioceses of Oxford and Edinburgh, and for 15 years oversaw ministerial training for the Scottish Episcopal Church. He is a teaching Fellow at New College, Edinburgh, and an Honorary Canon of Edinburgh Cathedral. Alongside many papers he has written or edited seven books and in the science & religion field, three in the present series (most recently The Concept of the Soul, 2014 ).

Louise Hickman studied at Exeter and Cambridge and is now Senior Lecture in Philosophy and Ethics at Newman University in Birmingham. She edits Reviews in Science and Religion, the journal of the Science and Religion Forum, and has edited a previous volume in this series, Chance Or Providence? Religious Perspectives on Divine Action. She has published several articles in the history of philosophy and is currently finishing her monograph Eighteenth Century Dissent and Cambridge Platonism, to be published with Routledge.

Series Titles

Are There Limits to Science?

This book is the result of the 2016 conference of the UK’s Science and Religion Forum which brings together leading scientific and theological thinkers to reflect together on key issues. The focus was a timely one: Are there limits to Science? Both inside and outside of the academy, the questions of where we seek knowledge and how ...

Chance or Providence

Belief in some sort of providence is widespread, even among those who do not profess any kind of conventional religious faith. The belief that some sort of benevolent divine force directs the events of the universe is one that has shaped our philosophical and theological convictions, together with our economic and social political ...

Creation and the Abrahamic Faiths

Creation! How we are here. Not just us, of course, but bluetits and Hereford cattle and cabbages and E. coli and deserts and mountains and suns and nebulae … in fact, all that is. So not only “Why are we here?” but “Why is there a ‘here’ for us to inhabit?”. That is this book’s theme. Inevitably it doesn’t answer the question in a ...

Darwinism and Natural Theology

Can Christianity be reconciled with Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection? What relevance do the biological sciences have to religious thought? Does Christian theology have anything to offer when it comes to formulating scientific hypotheses?These questions are among those explored in this collection of essays arising f...

Forty Years of Science and Religion

This book celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the UK’s Science and Religion Forum by bringing together leading scientific and theological thinkers to reflect on the last four decades of the science-theology conversation and to chart new directions for its future. Through an engagement with some of the most recent developments in...

Inspiration in Science and Religion

All sorts of things may be described as ‘inspired’: a mathematical theorem, a work of art, a goal at football, a short-cut home from the shops. What lies behind all these? Where does ‘inspiration’ come from? Does it derive from a source external to the person inspired, or is it the end result of sheer hard work – or is it purely se...

Laws of Nature, Laws of God?

Up until the time of Newton, scientists regarded the understandings of the physical world, at which they were arriving, as glimpses of the working of the Creator’s mind. Thus, the generalisations being formulated about the behaviour of matter – the “Laws of Nature” – were seen as the Creator's injunctions, to created matter, as to ...

Matter and Meaning

We live in a material world. But what is matter? Can it point us towards meanings outside itself, or can any meaning it possesses only be invested in it by human beings? To what extent might these semantic activities overlap? How have our current understandings of matter and meaning developed from those of past thinkers, in both We...

The Concept of the Soul

The idea of the soul is one which will not go away. This is despite the fact that traditional dualist understandings of humankind – that we are compound creatures, made up of a material body and a non-material soul – have been widely criticised in recent decades, by scholars from both theological and scientific backgrounds. What ar...

Theology, Evolution and the Mind

In pre-scientific thought mind itself, and its religious perceptions particularly, were considered gifts from God, injected into a previously created world of matter. By contrast, all the contributors to this book accept an evolutionary account of life, mind and its religious dispositions. However they hold more divergent views on ...