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Wisdom or Knowledge?

Wisdom or Knowledge?


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The book will consider science and the nature of knowledge. Is scientific knowledge wisdom, or is it more limited - effective, useful, applicable, but not what we mean by wisdom? And is the wisdom of ages past embodied in the great religious traditions still wisdom for our time, as we have to face new challenges, opportunities and responsibilities? To what extent are science and theology determined by their cultural setting? To what extent do they influence the development of culture? Thus, the reader herself or himself will be encouraged to 'drink' from the streams of wisdom and knowledge which will be investigated in the book in order to think anew about the rather simple separation between two cultures which has prevailed for a rather long time in scientific, theological and cultural thinking.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567031006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/23/2006
Series: Issues in Science and Theology
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Willem B. Drees is professor of philosophy of religion and ethics at Leiden University, the Netherlands, President of ESSSAT, and author of Religion, Science and Naturalism (Cambridge UP, 1996), and Creation: From Nothing until Now (Routledge, 2001).

Zbigniew Liana is Lecturer of Philosophy of Science, Pontifical Academy of Theology.

Hubert Meisinger, Ph.D., is director for environmental affairs at the Center Social Responsibility in Mainz, associate director of studies for science and theology at the Protestant Academy Arnoldshain, associate lecturer in Systematic Theology at Darmstadt University of Technology and Vice-President of ESSSAT. He wrote a study on theological and sociobiological views of altruism: Liebesgebot und Altruismusforschung (Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht, 1996) and co-edited Physik, Kosmologie und Spiritualität (Lang, 2006).

Table of Contents

Progress in Science and Theology

Dirk Evers


The Reliability of Science and its Cultural Impact

Mariano Artigas


‘Don't drink from that dirty stream!' The Decline of Science and Theology as Source of Wisdom in Europe

Chris Wiltsher


Disjoining Wisdom and Knowledge: Science, Theology and the Making of Western Modernity

Peter Harrison


Wisdom through Communion and Personhood: From Patristic Theology to Contemporary Science

Alexei V. Nesteruk


Walking on Hermeneutic Territory. The Horizons of Sense for a Pilgrim

Lucio Florio


Where Streams Meet? Ecology, Wisdom and Beauty in Bulgakov, Von Balthasar and Aquinas

Celia Deane-Drummond


Biotechnology and Ethics: A Locus for the Reintegration of Science and Wisdom?

Michael Fuller


Food Safety and Food Justice: Impacts of Scientific and Religious Cultures

Antje Jackelén


To Know is to Make: Knowledge, Ignorance and Belief in a Technological Society

Walther Ch. Zimmerli

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