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Faith and Its Critics: A Conversation

David Fergusson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199569380
eISBN:
9780191702051
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569380.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This book discusses numerous wide-ranging, topical issues of faith, using various illustrations from contemporary life. It provides a historical, social, and rhetorical context for the ‘new atheism’, ... More


Evolution and Religious Creation Myths: How Scientists Respond

Paul F. Lurquin and Linda Stone

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195315387
eISBN:
9780199785674
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315387.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Intelligent Design (ID) thinking and older style creationism argue that evolution by natural selection is an incorrect theory. This book demonstrates that in doing so, neocreationism (Intelligent ... More


 Scientific Foundations of an Evolutionary Theology

Gloria L. Schaab

in Creative Suffering of the Triune God: An Evolutionary Theology

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195329124
eISBN:
9780199785711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329124.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter 2 explores the epic of an evolving universe in order to understand the entities, structures, and processes that disclose the nature, attributes, and purposes of its Creator. This exploration ... More


 Acquiring and Protecting Unreasonable Beliefs

Solomon Schimmel

in The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195188264
eISBN:
9780199870509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188264.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines how people acquire religious beliefs and protect them even when they are irrational. It integrates insights from psychology (Festinger on cognitive dissonance; Hinde on the ... More


Introduction: From Wonder to Wisdom

William P. Brown

in The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199730797
eISBN:
9780199777075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Theology

This chapter explores how science and faith can be related positively, despite the deep polarization that exists on the cultural level, thanks to the constant skirmishing between creationism and ... More


Contentious Issues: The Moral Sentiments of Community Life

Robert Wuthnow

in Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157207
eISBN:
9781400846498
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157207.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter examines how perceptions of moral decline intersect with the reality of living in towns experiencing population declines and diminishing job opportunities. The specific moral issues of ... More


Reading Genesis after Darwin

Stephen C. Barton and David Wilkinson (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

In the ongoing, often fraught dialogue in the West between science and religion, the interpretation of the accounts of creation in the book of Genesis has often been contentious. Coinciding with the ... More


Why Intelligent Design Is Not Science

Norman A. Johnson

in Darwinian Detectives: Revealing the Natural History of Genes and Genomes

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195306750
eISBN:
9780199790203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306750.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Although strongly supported by multiple lines of evidence and relevant to many “real world” problems, Darwinian evolution remains a battleground in the culture wars. A variant of creationism, known ... More


Introduction

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The question of the soul's origin was unsettled in early Christian thought. Traducianism, creationism, and pre-existence were competing theories, though the first two involved several theological ... More


Animal Suffering and the Fall

Michael J. Murray

in Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199237272
eISBN:
9780191717291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237272.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Throughout the history of Western monotheism, the most common explanation for animal pan and suffering has been that it is an inevitable result of the Fall of Adam or of Satan and his cohorts, thus ... More


The Plausibility of Creationism: A Sociological Comment

Mathew Guest

in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

This chapter considers the significance of creationist belief in the contemporary Western world. The history of creationism is traced from the roots of fundamentalist Protestantism, and twentieth- ... More


Reading Genesis 1–3 in the Light of Modern Science

David Wilkinson

in Reading Genesis after Darwin

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383355
eISBN:
9780199870561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383355.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity

The first chapters of Genesis have been enrolled into scientific creationism by some Christian groups or completely rejected by some scientists for their lack of relevance to the concerns of ... More


“He Can if He Won't”: The New Haven Doctrine of Original Sin

Douglas A. Sweeney

in Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195154283
eISBN:
9780199834709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195154282.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The chief theological concern in Taylor's doctrine of original sin lay in avoiding the notion that sin resided as a property or component of humanity's natural constitution. While many Old Calvinists ... More


Prologue

Robert Wuthnow

in Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America's Heartland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691150550
eISBN:
9781400839759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691150550.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This book examines how Kansas became known as one of the most conservative states in America. Kansas was one of the first to pass mandatory Prohibition and one of the last to overturn it. Kansas ... More


Experiencing Evolution: Varieties of Psychological Responses to the Claims of Science and Religion

Ronald L. Numbers

in Science, Religion, and the Human Experience

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195175325
eISBN:
9780199784707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195175328.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This essay examines in some detail a range of positions that people have adopted in coming to personal terms with evolution. Numbers focuses on four individuals, all from the United States and with ... More


The seeker

Louis A. Girifalco

in The Universal Force: Gravity - Creator of Worlds

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199228966
eISBN:
9780191711183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Newton was the ultimate seeker. He looked for the fundamental causes of everything and believed he was destined to find them. Science and mathematics were only a part of his lifelong search. He ... More


The Wedge of Intelligent Design: Retrograde Science, Schooling, and Society

Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195172256
eISBN:
9780199835546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195172256.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

The rejection of evolution in favor of creation by a supernatural deity is not the only feature of intelligent design creationism that marks it as a religious movement. Its integral but lesser known ... More


 Postmodernism, Hindu Nationalism, and “Vedic Science”

Meera Nanda

in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195172256
eISBN:
9780199835546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195172256.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Indian intellectuals influenced by postmoderism such as Ashis Nandy and Vandana Shiva, put local folk beliefs on a par with science. Hindu nationalists, especially members of the Vishwa Hindu ... More


Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195157420
eISBN:
9780199894000
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157420.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This book explains the history and strategy of the intelligent design creationist movement, which is headquartered at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, WA. The ... More


Religion and Science Courses

Warren A. Nord

in Does God Make a Difference?: Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199766888
eISBN:
9780199895038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766888.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that schools and universities are obligated to educate students in introductory science courses about alternative ways of making sense of nature, religious alternatives included, ... More


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