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The Science and Religion Dialogue

Past and Future

Edited By Michael Welker

This book documents the conference on The Science and Religion Dialogue: Past and Future, held at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, October 25-29, 2012. The conference commemorated the 100 th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Templeton and the 25 th anniversary of the establishment of the John Templeton Foundation. It brought together about 60 active participants, all of them prominent scholars from many countries and many academic fields. Most of them have been engaged in the Science and Religion Dialogue for the last two or three decades. This book reports on multi-year international and interdisciplinary research projects at leading institutions. The contributions start with presentations by Hans Joas, Martin Nowak and John Polkinghorne and range from Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics and Biology to Philosophical Theology and Religious Ethics. Special topics of the dialogue between Science and Religion are also dealt with, such as Eschatology and Anthropology; Cosmology, Creation, and Redemption; Evolutionary Biology and the Spirit; and The Role of Thought Experiments in Science and Theology.
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Prof. Dr. Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge; Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Baaz, Head of Research Unit Computational Logic at Institute of Discrete Mathematis and Geometry, Technische Universität Vienna.

Prof. Dr. Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford.

Prof. Dr. Kelly James Clark, Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Philosophy at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.

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