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In this book, interdisciplinary convergences between the ostensibly oppositional fields of natural theology and the 'hard sciences' of astronomy, biology, astrobiology, astrophysics, and cosmology are developed and explored. The astronomer Chandra Wickramasinghe and theologian Theodore Walker Jr. have come together to present what they call a postmodern Astro-Theology that reveals unexpected agreements among scientific cosmology, evolutionary biology, and natural theology. Walker and Wickramasinghe claim that recognition and analysis of these convergences is part of a greater postmodern trend. They also assert, however, that a recognition of the overlap between the theological and scientific has historical precedent in the work and musings of astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle, philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead, and process philosopher Charles Hartshorne. The book also challenges the mistaken view that Hoyle was unchangeably committed to atheism. According to Walker and Wickramasinghe, part of the postmodern trend toward a breakdown of the silos that separate ostensibly opposed disciplines is increased overlap and communication between natural scientific disciplines and various artistic disciplines, especially poetry. This unusual volume thus also draws on the work of poets, science fiction authors, and other artists as it develops and reifies a radical relationship between the scientific and theological.
As advanced by astronomer-cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle, astronomy, biology, astrobiology, astrophysics, and cosmology converge agreeably with natural theology. And as advanced by Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, natural theology yields biology and psychology with cosmological scope. These interdisciplinary convergences are developed by an astronomer [astrobiologist and long-time Hoyle research colleague Chandra Wickramasinghe] collaborating with a theologian [theological ethicist Theodore Walker Jr.]. An early modern label for such interdisciplinary convergence is 'Astro-Theology' (William Derham 1715). The present postmodern Astro-Theology corrects the mistaken view that Hoyle was unchangeably committed to atheism; and it reveals agreements among scientific cosmology, evolutionary biology, and natural theology. Also, it announces a constructive postmodern trend. At fundamental levels, advancing natural scientific disciplines are converging with natural theology. This postmodern trend includes natural scientific disciplines converging with various artistic disciplines, especially poetry. Hence, poets, science fiction writers, and other artists appear throughout this study of scientific literature.
Number of Pages: 230
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Theodore, Jr. Walker
Street Date: October 6, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-0491