Spiritual Information: 100 Perspectives on Science and Religion
by Charles L. Harper Jr.
Templeton Press, 2005
eISBN: 978-1-59947-072-6 | Paper: 978-1-932031-73-7
Library of Congress Classification BL241.S69 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 201.65
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Spiritual Information is a collection of one hundred essays that explore a portion of the vast interdisciplinary approaches to the study of science and religion. Individually and together, the essays show how the study of ourselves, our planet, and the universe helps us understand our place as spiritual beings within God’s universe.
The book is a tribute to Sir John Templeton and his pioneering commitment toward new research that results in “one hundredfold more spiritual information than humankind has ever possessed before.” It begins with essays that reflect on Sir John’s principal domains of interest and expertise: free-enterprise based finance and accelerating spiritual progress.
Themes of the sections are:•Science-Religion Dialogue
Contents Preface Acknowledgments PART ONE PERSPECTIVES ON Sir John Templeton's Two Domains"Spiritual Capital" & "Spiritual Information" 1. Spiritual Information and the Sense of Wonder: The Convergence of Spirituality and the Natural Sciences Alister E. McGrath 2. Sir John Templeton's Three Passions Michael Novak 3. Spiritual Capital: A New Field of Research Robert D. Woodberry 4. Spiritual Capital as an Economic Force Robert J. Barro 5. Spiritual Entrepreneurism: Creating a Plan to Explore and Promote Spiritual Information Jean Staune 6. Global Spiritual Confusion and the Neglected Problem of Excess Spiritual Information Wesley J. Wildman 7. Science, Semiotics, and the Sacred: Seeking Spiritual Information in the Deep Structure of Reality William Grassie 8. What Does a Slug Know of Mozart? Introducing the Ontological Multiverse Charles L. Harper Jr. 9. Complementarity Freeman J. Dyson PART TWO PERSPECTIVES ON The History& Futureof the Science-Religion Dialog 10. In Praise of Contingency: Chance versus Inevitability in the Universe We Know Owen Gingerich 11. Historical Errors Impeding Progress in Science and Religion Jeffrey Burton Russell 12. The Longing of Johannes Kepler Kitty Ferguson 13. The Spirit of Galileo Dallas Willard 14. Eminent Scientists and Religious Belief Nicolaas A. Rupke 15. Biological Evolution, Quantum Mechanics, and Non-Interventionist Divine Action: New Research Promises Growth in Spiritual Knowledge Robert J. Russell 16. Religion, Global Trends, and Religious Futurology Philip Jenkins 17. "Playing God" Noah J. Efron 18. The New Cognitive Science of Religion Fraser N. Watts 19. Exploring Inner Space in a New Age of Discovery: The Future of Scientific Survey Research in Religion George H. Gallup Jr. 20. Theological Fiction and the Future Gregory A. Benford PART THREE PERSPECTIVES FROM Cosmology, Physics, & Astronomy 21. Outward Bound John D. Barrow 22. An Echo of Ancient Questions from Contemporary Cosmology Marco Bersanelli 23. Progress in Scientific and Spiritual Understanding George F. R. Ellis 24. The UniverseWhat's the Point? Paul C. W. Davies 25. Choose Your Own Universe Andrei Linde 26. The Goldilocks Universe: Finesse and Firepower Karl W. Giberson 27. Emergent Realities in the Cosmos Marcelo Gleiser 28. Cosmic Order and Divine Word Lydia Jaeger 29. Science of the Unseen: A Perspective from Contemporary Physics Hyung S. Choi 30. Design and the Designer: New Concepts, New Challenges Robin A. Collins 31. Henderson's "Fine-Tuning Argument": Time for Rediscovery Michael J. Denton 32. What God "Whispers" through Radio Telescopes Jennifer J. Wiseman PART FOUR PERSPECTIVES FROM Quantum Mechanics, Mathematics, & Symbolic Logic 33. The "Trialistic" Structure in Physics: New Insights for Metaphysics and Natural Theology Gennaro Auletta 34. On the Perennial Oneness of Being Michael D. Silberstein 35. Quantum Logic and the God-World Relationship: A New Resource for Exploring Modern Christian Theology Thierry Magnin 36. Between Mathematics and Transcendence: The Search for the Spiritual Dimension of Scientific Discovery Joseph M. Zycinski 37. Rejecting the Realm of Numbers Edward Nelson 38. Is God a Mathematician? Mario Livio 39. Mathematical Theology Sarah Voss 40. From Now to Infinity Michael Heller 41. One Universal Computation: First Zero, Then One Kevin Kelly 42. "Neoreality" and the Quest for Transcendence Clifford A. Pickover 43. Belief in a Superior Being: A Game-Theoretic Analysis Steven J. Brams 44. On the Problems of the Existence of Evil: Reflections of a Jewish Physicist-Philosopher Max Jammer 45. Do Quantum Experiments Challenge Kant's Criticism of the Proofs for the Existence of God? Antoine Suarez 46. Proof or Persuasion? F. Russell Stannard 47. From Information to Spirit: A Sketch for a New Anthropology Gianfranco Basti PART FIVE PERSPECTIVES ON Evolution & Purpose 48. Do Chimpanzees Have Souls? Possible Precursors of Religious Behavior in Animals Jane Goodall 49. Shamanic Practices in the Painted Caves of Europe Jean Clottes 50. Naturalistic Spiritual Information Ursula Goodenough 51. Hath Darwin Suffered a Prophet's Scorn? Evolutionary Theory and the Scandal of Unconditional Love Jeffrey P. Schloss 52. Living Purpose: The Study of Purpose in the Living World as a Source of New Spiritual Information Paul K. Wason 53. The Evolution of Altruism: From Game Theory to Human Language Martin A. Nowak and Natalia L. Komarova 54. The Form of Freedom William B. Hurlbut PART SIX PERSPECTIVES ON Sociology & Ethics 55. Preparing the Way for the Lord: Evolution, Christianity, and the Dialog on Moral Freedom Alain J-P. C. Tschudin 56. Planetary Spiritual (In)formation: From Biological to Cultural Evolution Holmes Rolston, III 57. Is There a Place for "Scientific" Studies of Religion? Robert Wuthnow 58. Sociology and Spiritual Information: Challenging "Obvious" Opinions David A. Martin 59. The Emergence of Ethics from Science: An Examination of the Ideals of Einstein and Gandhi Ramanath Cowsik 60. Science in the Service of Meaninglessness? Sociological Change and the Decline of Faith Michael A. Casey 61. Secularization and the Sciences Peter L. Berger PART SEVEN PERSPECTIVES ON Religion & Health 62. The Faith Factor in Medicine, the Health Factor in Religion: Reflections on an Intriguing New Research Tradition Anne Harrington 63. Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine, and Misunderstandings Harold G. Koenig 64. Can the Body Heal the Spirit? Ted Peters 65. Mental Health, Spiritual Information, and the Power of the Mind to Shape the Brain Jeffrey M. Schwartz 66. Navajo Spirituality: Native American Wisdom and Healing in the Modern World Lori Arviso Alvord 67. Of Monocytes and the Spiritual Man Gregory L. Fricchione 68. Miracles Confront Materialism: A Scientist Reflects on the Life of Christian Healer Dorothy Kerin Stevens Heckscher PART EIGHT PERSPECTIVES ON Contemplation & the Virtues 69. Reflection and Its Use: From Science to Meditation Hendrik P. Barendregt 70. Disgust and Elevation: Opposing Sources of Spiritual Information Jonathan D. Haidt 71. Goodness Matters Barbara L. Fredrickson 72. Psychological Science and Spiritual Pursuits David G. Myers 73. Spiritual Giftedness: Identifying and Measuring "Religious Genius" Arthur J. Schwartz 74. Research on Forgiveness: Ten Lessons Learned (So Far) Everett L. Worthington Jr. 75. Giving Thanks: Psychological Research on Gratitude and Praise Robert A. Emmons 76. "Ecce Homo": To Welcome the Suffering Is the Sign of Our Humanity Xavier Le Pichon 77. Unlimited Love Stephen G. Post PART NINE PERSPECTIVES FROM Theology & Philosophy 78. If Theologians Do Not Measure, Can They Measure Up? Rules for Acquiring Spiritual Information Martin E. Marty 79. God, Spiritual Information, and Downward Causation John W. Bowker 80. The Value of Risk-Taking: Human Evolution and the Love of God Niels Henrik Gregersen 81. A New Relationship between Theology and Science? One Theologian's Reflections Anna Case-Winters 82. The Emergence of Spirit Philip Clayton 83. A Sense of Calling as a Clue to the Character of the Universe C. Stephen Evans 84. The Role of Discernment in Seeking Spiritual Knowledge Nancey C. Murphy 85. Spiritual Information for Integral Transformation Kuruvilla Pandikattu 86. Reading an Unfinished Universe: Science and the Question of Cosmic Purpose John F. Haught 87. The Dawn of the Clone Age: Where Might Wisdom Be Found? Celia Deane-Drummond 88. Moving in Mysterious Waves: Music, Meter, Silence, and Hope Jeremy Begbie 89. Grasping Eternity: Notions of God and Time William Lane Craig 90. Divine Temporality and Human Experience of Time Wolfgang Achtner PART TEN PERSPECTIVES FROM World Religions 91. Progress in Religion? Interfaith Opportunities John C. Polkinghorne 92. Interfaith Dialog in the Global World: Theological and Intellectual Constructs for the Future Bruno Guiderdoni 93. Humility and the Future of Islam Munawar A. Anees 94. Brahman and Progress: By What Knowledge Is the Spirit Known? Ravi Ravindra 95. The Scientific Frontier of the Inner Spirit B. Alan Wallace 96. From Biblical Story to the Science of Society: How Judaism Reads Scripture Jacob Neusner 97. Technology and Human Dignity Jonathan Sacks 98. Pentecostal/Charismatic Worship: A Window for Research Margaret Poloma 99. Catholicism and Science: Renewing the Conversation James L. Heft 100. Quest for the Flame of the Spirit: The Pilgrim Soul Follows the "Kindly Light" Russi M. Lala Contributors