Science, especially naturalistic science, has come under fire of late. No longer does it command the near universal respect it once held. From the right has come a fresh attack on Darwinism and arguments for intelligent design. From the left postmodern theorists have attacked the very notion of objective truth claims, scientific or otherwise.
Into the fray Del Ratzsch breathes a breath of calm. He asks, What is science? What can it tell us? What can't it tell us? What challenges does it offer to Christian faith? How should a Christian respond?
Originally published under the title Philosophy of Science, this revised volume surveys how views of science have developed and changed over time, especially since the Kuhnian revolution of the 1960s. Now updated to reflect current discussions of intelligent design and postmodern views of science, Science and Its Limits offers readers a thoughtful perspective on contemporary trends and useful advice on how to approach faith and science issues.
1. Science: What Is It?
2. The Traditional Conception of Science
3. Philosophy of Science in the 1960s 1970s: Kuhn Beyond
4. The Contemporary Situation: A Brief Introduction
5. The Competence of Science: What Can It Tell Us?
6. The Limitations of Science: What Can It Not Tell Us?
7. "Scientific" Challenges to Religious Belief
8. Design Science
9. Christianity Scientific Pursuits
10. Christianity the Specific Content of Science: A Typology
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