Sunday, April 22, 2012

Forthcoming from OUP: The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology

Here's the blurb:
  • Innovative handbook mapping the current and ongoing revival of interest in this cross disciplinary area of study
  • Clear volume structure with thirty-eight original essays ordered into five thematic sections, engaging historical, theological, philosophical, scientific, and cultural/aesthetic perspectives on natural theology
  • Refuses easy definitions of the scope of natural theology, and encompasses the breadth of debate over the issues involved
The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology is the first collection to consider the full breadth of natural theology from both historical and contemporary perspectives and to bring together leading scholars to offer accessible high-level accounts of the major themes. The volume embodies and develops the recent revival of interest in natural theology as a topic of serious critical engagement. Frequently misunderstood or polemicized, natural theology is an under-studied yet persistent and pervasive presence throughout the history of thought about ultimate reality - from the classical Greek theology of the philosophers to twenty-first century debates in science and religion.

Of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this authoritative handbook draws on the very best of contemporary scholarship to present a critical overview of the subject area. Thirty eight new essays trace the transformations of natural theology in different historical and religious contexts, the place of natural theology in different philosophical traditions and diverse scientific disciplines, and the various cultural and aesthetic approaches to natural theology to reveal a rich seam of multi-faceted theological reflection rooted in human nature and the environments within which we find ourselves.

Readership: Students and scholars of philosophy, theology, history, science, and cultural studies

And here's the table of contents:

Introduction
I: Historical Perspectives on Natural Theology
1: Stephen Clark: Classical Origins of Natural Theology
2: Christopher Rowland: Natural Theology and the Christian Bible
3: Wayne Hankey: Natural Theology in the Patristic Period
4: Alexander Hall: Natural Theology in the Middle Ages
5: Scott Mandelbrote: Early Modern Natural Theologies
6: Matthew Eddy: Nineteenth-Century Natural Theology
7: Rodney Holder: Natural Theology in the Twentieth Century
II: Theological Perspectives on Natural Theology
8: Daniel Frank: Jewish Perspectives on Natural Theology
9: Robert Morrison: Natural Theology in Eastern Religions
10: Jessica Frazier: Perspectives on Natural Theology from Eastern Religions
11: Denis Edwards: Catholic Perspectives on Natural Theology
12: Russell Re Manning: Protestant Perspectives on Natural Theology
13: Christopher Knight: Natural Theology and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition
14: Andrew Moore: Theological Critiques of Natural Theology
III: Philosophical Perspectives on Natural Theology
15: Keith Parsons: Perspectives on Natural Theology from Analytical Philosophy
16: Russell de Manning: A Perspective from Continental Philosophy
17: David Ray Griffin: Process Thought and Natural Theology
18: Neil A. Manson: The Design Argument and Natural Theology
19: William Schweiker: Morality and Natural Theology
20: Mark Wynn: Religious Experience and Natural Theology
21: Clayton Crockett: Postmodernity and Natural Theology
22: Pamela Sue Anderson: Feminist Perspectives on Natural Theology
23: Wesley Wildman: Comparative Natural Theology
24: Charles Taliaferro: Philosophical Critique of Natural Theology
IV: Scientific Perspectives on Natural Theology
25: Michael Ruse: Natural Theology: The Biological Sciences
26: Paul Ewart: Physical Sciences and Natural Theology
27: David Knight: Chemical Sciences and Natural Theology
28: John Polkinghorne: Mathematics and Natural Theology
29: Christopher Southgate: Natural Theology and Ecology
30: Fraser Watts: Sciences of the Mind and Natural Theology
31: Richard Fenn: A Sociological Perspective on Natural Theology
32: Philip Clayton: Scientific Critiques of Natural Theology
V: Perspectives on Natural Theology from the Arts
33: Frank Burch Brown: Aesthetics and the Arts in Relation to Natural Theology
34: Douglas Hedley: Imagination and Natural Theology
35: Guy Bennett-Hunter: Natural Theology and Literature
36: Jeremy Begbie: Natural Theology and Music
37: Kristof Nyiri: Images in Natural Theology
38: Robert Johnston: The Film Viewer and Natural Theology God's "Presence" at the Movies
Conclusion: The Future of Natural Theology

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