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Cosmology, Evolution, and Resurrection Hope: Theology and Science in Creative Mutual Interaction (Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science)

By Robert John Russell

Cosmology, Evolution & Resurrection Hope book coverCosmology, Evolution, and Ressurection Hope is a collection of lectures presented by theologian and physicist Robert John Russell at the fifth annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science, and Russell’s discussions of related topics with conference participants.

In his lectures Russell develops three themes at the cutting edge of theology and science.  In the first lecture he explores an often overlooked topic: the creative role of theology in the rise of contemporary natural science as evidenced in the construction of Big Bag and steady state cosmologies and the resulting debates over them.  In the second lecture he turns to the problem of “natural evil” – suffering, disease, death and extinction in nature – arguing that the most compelling response to evil is a theology of redemption that embraces all of nature.  In the third lecture he explores redemption through the cross and resurrection of Jesus, opening the greatest challenge to Christian theology today: the conflict between Christian eschatology and the future of the universe according to science.  By placing eschatology and cosmology into a relation of creative mutual interaction, Russell believes that eschatology can begin to address this challenge and in turn it can raise potentially fruitful questions that might lead to new directions in scientific research.

What we find here will penetrate our thoughts when we believe we can rest comfortably with our present view of “religion and science.”

Table of Contents

  1. Editor’s Preface
  2. Lectures
    • Lecture 1: Fruitful Interactions
    • Lecture 2: Natural Theodicy and New Creation
    • Lecture 3: Resurrection, Eschatology and Cosmology
  3. Sunday Worship
    • If These Stones Could Speak
  4. Discussion
    • General Theories / Structure
      1. Initial Time
      2. Comparing Science and Religion
      3. God in the Equations
      4. Theory of Everything
      5. Falsification
      6. Hoyle and Biology
      7. Judeo-Christian Science Roots
      8. Supernatural Explanations
      9. Reductionism, Boundaries, and Free Will
      10. Boundaries of Science
    • Theodicy and Natural Evil
      1. General Theodicy Resources
      2. Evil and Eschatology
      3. Cosmic Redemption
      4. Suffering and the New Creation
      5. God’s Love and Complexity
      6. Limits on Freedom
      7. Boundaries of Natural Evil
      8. Biological Predation and the Fall
      9. Suffering and the Grace of the Cross
      10. Death of a Child
    • Eschatology and New Creation
      1. Physical Eschatology
      2. Future of the Universe and Entropy
      3. Emergence and Monism
      4. Multiple Eschatologies
      5. Teaching and Science / Interfaith Dialogues
      6. Communities and the New Creation
  5. Index



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