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Nature, Human Nature, and God (Theology & the Sciences) [Kindle Edition]

Ian G. Barbour

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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.

About the Author

Ian Barbour is one of the foremost thinkers in science and theology. He is Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Carleton College, Minnesota, and recipient of a Templeton Prize in Religion. He is the author of When Science Meets Religion (SPCK) and Religion and Science, Historical and contemporary issues.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers (1 Jun. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030I0PWC
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,153,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good reference book but not a "beach read". 20 Oct. 2002
By fdoamerica - Published on
This is a dense and demanding read and, unless you have a basic comprehension of the deeper issues of both science and Christianity, you will be zooming around in Twilight Zone.
In Barbour's book quantum physics meets process theology, thrashes around and out comes... hum, well, I'm not actually sure. I got a bit lost in post-Darwinian evolution, genetics, neuroscience, astronomy, thermodynamics and relativity. I almost had it when Barbour threw in a dose of genetic engineering and global environmental issues. I felt like I was back at Cal State in a 400 level class as a freshman. Get the drift? "Genetic Drift"?
It is best to give you an example of his writing from a portion of his opening statement, Chapter 4;
"I hope to show that it is consistent with neuroscience, computer science and a theological view of human nature to understand a person as a multilevel, psychosomatic unity.... In the first three sections (of this chapter) I look at neuroscience, theology and research on artificial intelligence. I then examine some philosophical interpretations of consciousness. Finally I suggest that process philosophy (Albert Whitehead) can provide a conceptual framework for integrating these varied prospective on human nature."
When you consider his astute, erudite writing, and that he is tackling some of the thorniest issues confronting contemporary science and theology today, you have a slow and demanding read.
Dr. Barbour seldom uses stories or examples, but, when he does, they are like rain on parched earth. Relished.
Conditionally Recommended for any science or theology student or professional.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature, Mind and Baseball 20 May 2014
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I learned from all the symposium members about this complex subject, especially from John Archibald Wheeler's insight into Quantum Mechanics with a joke about three baseball umpires:

One says, "I call 'em as I see 'em," the second says, "I call them the way they really are," the third says, "They do not exist until I call them"
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