The Role of Theology in the History and Philosophy of Science


After a bibliographic introduction highlighting various research trends in science and religion, Joshua Moritz explores how the current academic and conceptual landscape of theology and science has been shaped by the history of science, even as theology has informed the philosophical foundations of science. The first part assesses the historical interactions of science and the Christian faith (looking at the cases of human dissection in the Middle Ages and the Galileo affair) in order to challenge the common notion that science and religion have always been at war. Part two investigates the nature of the interaction between science and Christian theology by exploring the role that metaphysical presuppositions and theological concepts have played—and continue to play—within the scientific process.

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Joshua M. Moritz, Ph.D. (2010) Graduate Theological Union, teaches philosophy at the University of San Francisco, theology at the Jesuit Graduate School of Theology at Santa Clara University, and theology and science at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He is Managing Editor of the journal Theology and Science (Routledge) and he has authored numerous books and articles, including Science and Religion: Beyond Warfare and Toward Understanding (Anselm Academic, 2016).

The Role of Theology in the History and Philosophy of Science
Joshua M. Moritz
 Bibliographic Introduction to “Science and Religion”
 Part 1: Theology and the Historiography of Science
 Part 2: Theology and the Philosophical Foundations and Boundaries of Science
 Works Cited
All interested in the history of science and religion and/or theology and science, and anyone interested in philosophy of science as it relates to values, metaphysics, and religion.