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The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

News Release

January 18, 2005

For Immediate Release


New Book Honoring Science and Religion Pioneer, Ian G. Barbour, Debuts

Berkeley , CA Fifty Years in Science and Religion: Ian G. Barbour and His Legacy. Nineteen key scholars contributed to this 345 page volume, now available in USA and UK markets. Published by Ashgate in its Science and Religion Series, this volume offers an appreciative yet critical assessment of Barbour's work over the past five decades and points toward future research and exploration.

Readers will find a unique autobiography in which Barbour, for the first time, reflects on his life and work, as well as a detailed bibliography of Barbour's writings. Contributors to this text demonstrate the impact of Barbour's work on the immense number of scholars internationally who are exploring the possibilities first proposed by Barbour for a truly constructive engagement between science and religion. This engagement operates within the context of inter-religious dialogue regarding science as well as issues in global environmental ethics and technology.

Dr. Barbour is internationally acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of science and religion. Although public opinion is often swayed by strident voices which attempt to place science and religion in conflict or keep them totally isolated, Barbour's voluminous contributions over the past fifty years have carved out a trusted pathway to constructive dialogue between science and religion. For his singular contributions Dr. Barbour received the 1999 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.

The volume is edited by Robert John Russell, Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and Professor of Theology and Science in Residence, The Graduate Theological Union. It is available in paperback (ISBN # 075464118X ) or hardback (ISBN # 0754641171)

To celebrate and discuss Fifty Years in Science and Religion, a panel discussion and book launch will take place on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 7:30 pm with a reception following. The event will take place in the Badè Museum of the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue , Berkeley , California . Interested parties are invited to attend.

USA: The volume may be ordered through the Ashgate web site or from the USA: phone 800-535-9544 or email -Reference 30SC1040.

UK and European residents may order a copy of the Festschrift via post: dowload and print the order form (PDF) here or call +44-(0) 1235 827730 or email
ISBN: 075464118X (paperback) 0754641171(hardback)

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences is a nonprofit academic center and international membership organization. CTNS is an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of nine independent seminaries and eight affiliated centers based in Berkeley , California .

CTNS 's mission is to promote the creative mutual interaction of theology and the natural sciences through research, teaching, and public service. Established in 1981, CTNS has conducted major programs such as the Science and Religion Course Program , the Science and the Spiritual Quest Program, and the CTNS /Vatican Observatory Research Collaboration. For more information, visit , email , or call 510-848-8152.


Introduction, Robert John Russell 
A personal odyssey, Ian G. Barbour

Barbour's scientific contributions
Ian G. Barbour's contributions as a scientist, Carl York

Barbour's contributions to methodology 
Ian Barbour's methodological breakthrough: creating the 'bridge' between science and theology, Robert John Russell
Barbour's way(s) of relating science and theology, Christian Berg
Critical realism and other realisms, Niels Henrik Gregersen
Religion, theology, and the philosophy of science: an appreciation of the work of Ian Barbour, Nancey Murphy

Barbour's contributions to theological and ethical issues
A. God and nature: 
Barbour's panentheistic metaphysic, Philip Clayton
B. Physics and cosmology: 
What is 'the universe' which cosmology studies?, William R. Stoeger, S. J.
Barbour's assessment of the philosophical and theological implications of physics and cosmology, Robert John Russell
C. Evolution, anthropology and neuroscience:
Case studies in Barbour's integrative model: liberal Anglo-Catholicism in the 1920s, W. Mark Richardson
DNA, Darwin, and doxology: a contemporary conversation between biology and faith, Martinez J. Hewlett
Selfish Genes and Loving Persons, Ted Peters
D. Technology and the environment: 
Technology requires ethical decisions, Roger L. Shinn
Ethics, technology, and the environment, Judith N. Scoville
"Environment/ethics' and 'science/religion': converging streams in Barbour's work, Christopher Southgate

Theological perspectives on Barbour's work
A. Process theology: 
God and physics in the thought of Ian Barbour, John B. Cobb, Jr. 
Barbour in process: contributions to process theology, Ernest Simmons 
B. Roman Catholic theology: 
Catholicism and Ian Barbour on Theology and Science, Anne M. Clifford 
'Seeing the Universe': Ian Barbour and Teilhard de Chardin, John M. Haught 
C. Buddhist theology: 
A reflection on Buddhist-Christian dialogue with the natural sciences, Paul O. Ingram 
Barbour, Buddhism, Bohm, and beyond, Jensine Andresen

Published works of Ian Graeme Barbour, Christian Berg 


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