This is a slightly revised version of the paper Barbour delivered at the Templeton Symposium, „Science and Theology: Two Ways of Experiencing and Interpreting the World,” oganized by Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science and the Chicago Center for Religion and Science, 31 August-2 September 1993. As the last paper delivered, it includes Barbour's reflections on the contributions of other participants. This symposium and its publications were made possible through the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation.
EXPERIENCING AND INTERPRETING NATURE IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION
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Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 457–487, December 1994
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Barbour, I. G. (1994), EXPERIENCING AND INTERPRETING NATURE IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION. Zygon, 29: 457–487. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.1994.tb00686.x
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- argument from design;
- creation spirituality;
- environmental ethics;
- human nature;
- models of God;
- natural theology;
- religious experience
Abstract. I trace three paths from nature to religious interpretation. The first starts from religious experience in the context of nature; examples are drawn from nature poets, reflective scientists, and exponents of creation spirituality. The second,„Natural Theology”uses scientific findings concerning cosmology or evolution to develop an argument from design–or alternatively to defend evolutionary naturalism. The third,„Theology of Nature”starts from traditional religious beliefs about God and human nature and reformulates them in the light of current science. I point to examples of each of these paths in papers by other participants in this symposium, and suggest that all three paths can contribute to the task of relating science and religion today.