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Table Of Contents
Theological Reflections Of An Information Scientist i
Preface iii

1 Science And Religion: The Problem-solving View 9
1.1 The Problem Solver 9
1.2 The Problem Situation 10
1.3 The Problem Solving Methodology 12
1.4 Apples And Oranges: The Central Thesis Of This Book 13
1.5 The Structure Of The Book 15

2 What I Mean By Science, Theology And Religion 17
2.1 The Nature Of Science 17
2.2 The Practice Of Science 18
2.3 Some Views Of Science From Philosophy 23
2.4 Religion And Theology 31

3 Conflict And Symbiosis Between Science And Religion In History 41
3.1 Historical Development Of Science And Religion 41
3.2 The Vatican Vs. Galileo: Pre-science On Trial? 48
3.3 Discussion: The Historical Perspective Up To Galileo 59

4 In The Beginning 63
4.1 Creation As A Battleground 63
4.2 What The Bible Says About Creation 75
4.3 The Growth Of Creationism 81
4.4 The Growth Of Intelligent Design 89
4.5 The Growth Of Atheism 94

5 On The Nature And Implications Of Knowledge 101
5.1 The Nature Of Knowledge About Science And Theology 101
5.2 The God Of The Gaps Argument 108
5.3 Science And Theology As Non-overlapping Knowledge Spaces 113
5.4 Science And Theology As Hardly Overlapping Knowledge Spaces 115

6 Does Metaphor Have A Role To Play In Providing A Common Language? 120
6.1 Metaphor And Allegory 120
6.2 Metaphor In Theology 122
6.3 Metaphor In Science 126
6.4 Consciousness As A Metaphor For The Science And Theology Debate 128

7 Perspectives On Today's Debate 135
7.1 The Growth Of Fundamentalism 135
7.2 The Recent Rise Of Aggressive Atheism 141
7.3 Do Different Scientific Perspectives Resonate More With Theological Perspectives Than Others? 146
7.4 The Problem Of Religion 150
7.5 The Problem Of Faith 155

8 concluding Discussion 159
8.1 "Can Theological Concepts Of God Co-exist With A Scientific View Of The World?" 159
8.2 Assumption 1: Science And Theology Answer Different Questions 160
8.3 Assumption 2: Science Does Not Have All The Answers 161
8.4 Assumption 3: Theology Has At Its Heart An Assumption Of Human Limitations 162
8.5 Implication 1:Science Can Contribute To Religion 163
8.6 Implication 2: Theological Insights Can Complement Science 166
8.7 Implication 3: The Real Divide Is Between Those Who Resort To Unreason And Those Who Accept What Is Beyond Reason 168

9 Bibliography 173

10 Index 178