Breed, David R. (1988) Toward a credible faith in an age of science :the life and work of Ralph Wendell BurhoeMLA Citation
Breed, David R. Toward A Credible Faith In An Age Of Science: The Life And Work Of Ralph Wendell Burhoe. : 1988. Print.
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Toward a credible faith in an age of science : the life and work of Ralph Wendell Burhoe /
David Royal Breed.
|Main Author:||Breed, David R.|
|Topics:||Religion and science - United States - History - 20th century. | Zygon. | Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. | Burhoe, Ralph Wendell, 1911-|
|Physical Description:||2 volumes (vii, 455 pages) ; 29 cm
|Abstract:||One central problem in the contemporary age is how to sustain a sense of integrity in relation to one's own religious heritage and develop an understanding of that heritage in relation to other religious traditions and the world view of a scientific and technological culture. One person who has addressed this problem is the subject of this study. Burhoe was chosen because he has been at the center of a growing conversation among leading scientists, theologians, and religious and humanistic scholars concerned about the relation of science and human values or science and religion. Out of this conversation Burhoe has developed his unique approach to understanding religion in the light of the sciences which he calls a scientific theology. Focusing attention on the role and function of religion in human evolution, he has ventured the hypothesis that religions have played an essential role in orienting humans to the source and destiny of human life and evolving cultural adaptations of human behavior such that humans have become capable of cooperating in complex, interdependent societies. He has argued that if religion withers and dies, humanity will lose this civilizing agency and with it an essential source of wisdom for human survival, perhaps to face a disintegration of human civilization as we know it. Burhoe's work in stimulating and promoting the conversation, out of which his own scientific theology has taken shape, has resulted in the establishment of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science and Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, which have become internationally recognized for their contributions to the religion and science field of inquiry. His work has been seen as an important contribution to the revitalization of liberal religion by Unitarian church leaders. In 1980 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. This dissertation presents the development of Burhoe's thought in the context of this conversation. Documents from Burhoe's personal files and many personal conversations have been used to construct this narrative. Also, a number of persons who have worked with him have been informally interviewed.
|Thesis/Dissertation:||Th. D.-- Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1988|