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The Potential of Panentheism for Dialogue Between Science and Religion

Michael W. Brierley

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199543656.003.0038

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Potential of Panentheism for Dialogue Between Science and Religion

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After exploring the meaning of panentheism, this article looks at divine action as an example of current debate in science and religion where panentheism makes important contributions. But the essay thens also draws attention to the areas of experience and ethics implied by Rowan Williams's words, in the belief that panentheism is able to aid the connection of science to the subjective realities of religious experience and moral decision making. Panentheism represents theology that is engaging and creative, and a metaphysic with rich and sensitive moral resources. And given the moral questions which now press so urgently on science and the contemporary world, that contribution of panentheism could be of paramount importance.

Keywords: divine action; Rowan Williams; panentheism; religious experience; moral decision making

Article.  7838 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science ; Philosophy of Religion

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