© 1990

Science and Religion

one world — changing perspectives on reality

  • Jan Fennema
  • Iain Paul

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-12
  2. An encounter between science and religion preliminary observations

  3. Lectures in full sessions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-26
    2. Introduction to the conference theme

      1. A. G. M. van Melsen
        Pages 27-34
      2. T. F. Torrance
        Pages 35-46
      3. M. Bloemendal
        Pages 47-60
    3. Reconciling developments in the natural sciences — the question of scientism

    4. Reconding developments in theology — the question of dogmatism

    5. The divorce of science and religion — a process in retrospect

    6. Science and religion coming across

      1. Jürgen Hübner
        Pages 173-182
  4. Contributions in sectional meetings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Johannes A. Mawuli Awudza
      Pages 194-194
    3. G. J. Béné
      Pages 196-196

About this book


The world is increasingly becoming . one. It is, at the same time, one endangered ecosystem and one thriving market place with material and spiritual goods on competitive display. And the good and evil things of life cannot easily be sorted out. The world is becoming one also in the sense that it is better understood today than it was in earlier times, that the material good and the spiritual good, though seemingly belonging to different realms of fact defined by their respective modes of existence, together constitute effectively one and the same reality: the modem world of science, technology, computerized administration and power, that calls upon humankind to struggle for a 'just, participatory and sustainable society' * , and to strive for a society of the future that will be the world over both long-lived and worth living. The Second European Conference on Science and Religion, held on 10-13th. March, 1988, on the campus of the Universiteit Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, was meant to be a modest market place, a forum, where standpoints and opinions could be presented and criticized. It was meant to offer an opportunity to meet and to make acquaintances in the expectation that the exchange of thoughts would lead to new conceptual horizons that would challenge what so far had been considered as hard fact or what until now had been looked upon as a distinctive feature of a well-established view either of the kingdom of the sciences or of the realm of religion.


Christianity German Religion computer concept cosmology dialogue evolution experience knowledge metaphysics natural theology space structure water

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Fennema
    • 1
  • Iain Paul
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculteit der Wijsbegeerte en MaatschappijwetenschappenUniversiteit TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Craigneuk and Belhaven Parish ChurchWishaw (Lanarkshire)Scotland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Science and Religion
  • Book Subtitle one world — changing perspectives on reality
  • Editors J.W. Fennema
    Paul Iain
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-0731-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7406-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-2021-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religious Studies, general
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