Contributions from Philosophical Theology and Metaphysics

Joseph A. Bracken, SJ

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Contributions from Philosophical Theology and Metaphysics

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While Pierre Teilhard de Chardin may have been overly optimistic in his estimate of how soon the synthesis of religion and science might take place, his deep faith in the achievability of the project remains an important motivational factor in the contemporary religion and science discussion. This article first reviews briefly how the conflict of interests between proponents of religion and science in the modern era arose historically. Second, it indicates how various contemporary writers in the field of religion and science have tried to ease this tension. Third, the article presents a vision for the reconciliation of religion and science, based largely upon the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, but suitably revised so as to affirm key Christian beliefs.

Keywords: Christian beliefs; modern era; science–religion conflict; Alfred North Whitehead; Teilhard de Chardin

Article.  6881 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science ; Philosophy of Religion

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