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Introduction

Tapio Luoma

in Incarnation and Physics

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151893
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834419 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151895.003.0001

Series: An American Academy of Religion Book

 Introduction

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Recent historical research on the relationship between theology and the natural sciences shows that, contrary to what is generally supposed, there is no essential conflict between the two disciplines. Rigorous after the era of the Enlightenment, materialistic interpretations of the issue have given way to viewpoints revealed by theories of relativity and quantum physics, thus opening new possibilities for interdisciplinary discussion and theological reflection. The Scottish Professor Thomas F. Torrance is perhaps the most widely known theologian in the Reformed tradition who has met the challenge posed to theology by the modern natural sciences. His originality lies in his insistence of the centrality of the doctrine of the Incarnation for the relationship between the two disciplines.

Keywords: Enlightenment; Incarnation; interdisciplinary discussion; interpretations; materialistic; quantum physics; Reformed tradition; theories of relativity

Chapter.  6136 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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