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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

Theology and the natural sciences - are we dealing with a contradiction here? That¿s the way it may sometimes appear in the media. Particularly the cases of Galilei and Darwin spring to mind, as illustrations of the church on the retreat from triumphant science. Andreas Losch depicts this conflict, however, as a modern myth; he presents the approach of the Cambridge physicist and priest John C. Polkinghorne, who assumed agreement between the two disciplines. How else can one see this conflict - looking beyond the conflict? Losch also introduces the reader to the classification of Ian G. Barbours, who regarded the positions of theology and the natural sciences not as one of conflict, but as the juxtaposition of independent entities: as a dialogue between and integration of two disciplines.Andreas Losch does not merely repeat the arguments of Barbours, but rather scrutinizes the basis for his assumptions, concluding that a so-called "critical realism" is the best way to explain them. The author then seeks to determine the definition and meaning of critical realism in science, philosophy and theology. He describes two German approaches to a dialogue between theology and the natural sciences and compares them with the Anglo-Saxon model based on critical realism: the time theory of the physicist A.M.K. Müller and the Gestaltkreis concept of the physician and philosopher Viktor von Weizsäcker.Losch concludes the work by integrating the various models into his own suggestion for sustaining a dialogue between the disciplines. Two excursus look at other ways of analyzing the thoughts of the theologian Jürgen Hübner and the science philosopher Michael Polanyi on this subject.

Portrait

Dr. theol. Andreas Losch is a postdoc at the Center for Space and Habitability at the University of Bern.

Leseprobe

Theology and Science tend to appear as an irreconcilable contrast, especially in the media. Most times the cases of Galilei and Darwin are mentioned to demonstrate the retreat of the church facing a triumphant science. In the work presented here, Andreas Losch elucidates this conflict in the light of modern historical science and reveals it as a myth. As a position opposite to this conflict model he presents the perspective of Cambridge physicist and priest John C. Polkinghorne, who assumes the consonance of the disciplines. Which other alternatives are there beyond conflict? To answer this question Losch presents the well-known typology of Ian G. Barbour (also physicist and theologian), who portrays three further models as possible relationships of theology and science besides conflict: the independence approach, dialogue or an integration of the disciplines. An excursus compares this typological model - which is characteristic for the Anglo-American sphere - with the more continental European orientated typology of the German theologian Jürgen Hübner. What these different geographical roots mean will become clear throughout the course of the work.The Bible has to be taken seriously, but not literally. Losch asks about the definition and meaning of critical realism in science, philosophy and theology. Following this, he presents two prominent German approaches to the dialogue between science and theology and compares them with the Anglo-American model on the basis of critical realism. The approaches to be compared are the theory of time by the physicist A.M.K Müller und the Gestaltkreis concept by the physician and philosopher Viktor von Weizsäcker. The conclusion at the end of the work will integrate the different models into a highly original proposal for the dialogue of the disciplines.>

EAN: 9783525563663
ISBN: 3525563663
Untertitel: Eine konstruktiv-kritische Auseinandersetzung von Theologie und Naturwissenschaft. 'Forschungen zur systematischen und ökumenischen Theologie'. mit ca. 3 Abbildungen.
Verlag: Vandenhoeck + Ruprecht Gm
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2011
Seitenanzahl: 284 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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