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Astrotheology  

Ted Peters

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Please check back later for the full article. ... More

Biology and Theology: Contemporary Issues  

Celia Deane-Drummond

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May 2016
Contemporary issues in biology and Christian theology are still dominated by the legacy of 19th-century biologist Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Debates in ... More

Creation and Contingency  

Dirk Evers

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Jan 2017
Contingency is a term that occurs in philosophical discourse as well as in theology in a number of contexts and with a number of meanings. In its modern sense the English term contingency ... More

Cybernetics and Religion  

Noreen Herzfeld

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Dec 2015
Cybernetics is the study of systems of control and communication. While often used to refer to control systems in or by machines, such as computers, cybernetic theory can be applied to ... More

God and Chance: Christian Perspectives  

David J. Bartholomew

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Apr 2016
In many quarters God and chance are still seen as mutually exclusive alternatives. It is common to hear that ascribing anything to “chance” rules out God’s action. Recent ... More

Islamic Theological Views on Darwinian Evolution  

Nidhal Guessoum

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May 2016
The various positions that Muslim scholars have adopted vis-à-vis Darwin’s theory of evolution since its inception in 1859 are here reviewed with an eye on the theological arguments that ... More

Magic and the Occult in Martin Luther’s World  

Kathryn A. Edwards

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Mar 2017
In the 15th- and early-16th-century German-speaking lands, reports circulated of spirits shaking the walls of houses, comets presaging imminent doom, and dwarves warning miners to leave ... More

Martin Luther’s Influence on the Rise of the Natural Sciences  

Duane H. Larson

Were Luther to have lived another two decades, he might have been surprised even so early on to be informed that he positively influenced the rise of natural science. One can readily cite ... More

Niche Construction and Religious Evolution  

Agustín Fuentes

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Oct 2015
In an evolutionary context neither religion nor religiosity can appear full-blown, and thus it is valuable to search for the kinds of structures, behaviors, and cognitive processes that ... More

Scientific Approaches to Mysticism  

Stephen Kaplan

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Jun 2016
The title “Scientific Approaches to Mysticism” reveals half the task and belies the other half—namely, which of the sciences and whose mysticism are to be considered. Is it Capra’s tao of ... More

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