Past and Future
Edited By Michael Welker
Insiders and Outsiders in ‘Religion and Science’
Places and Perspectives
Ian Barbour’s Issues in Science and Theology and the founding of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science by Ralph W. Burhoe and others (both in 1966) might be taken to mark the beginning of contemporary scholarly discussions on ‘theology and science’ in America. Today in the USA there are many activities, among which the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, with the recently endowed Ian Barbour chair held by Robert J. Russell, the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and the James McCord chair in Princeton (Wentzel van Huyssteen). In recent decades many more initiatives have been encouraged by funds from the John Templeton Foundation and other sponsors. As in any intellectual engagement, the commitment of dedicated individuals has been of major importance, and among these Robert J. Russell1 (Berkeley), and Philip Hefner2 (Chicago) deserve special recogniton.
In the United Kingdom there is also substantial interest in ‘theology and science’. Major voices have been Arthur Peacocke3 and John Polkinghorne,4 both scientists who have become theologians. In 1994 a lectureship in Cambridge, endowed by the novelist Susan Howatch of the Starbridge novels, was filled by Fraser Watts. Andreas Idreos endowed a chair in Oxford, to which John Hedley Brooke was appointed in 1999. These and other initiatives such as the textbook by Christopher Southgate and collegues5 strengthened the field in the UK. ← 157 | 158 →
In continental Western Europe developments have been different. Around...
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