Theology and Science
ISSN (printed): 1474-6700. ISSN (electronic): 1474-6719.
The primary editorial goal of Theology and Science is to publish critically reviewed articles that promote the creative mutual interaction between the natural sciences and theology. While the journal assumes the integrity of each domain, its primary aim is to explore this interaction in terms of the implications of the natural sciences for constructive research in philosophical and systematic theology, the philosophical and theological elements within and underlying theoretical research in the natural sciences, and the relations and interactions between theological and scientific methodologies. The secondary editorial goal is to monitor and critically assess debates and controversies arising in the broader field of science and religion. Thus, Theology and Science will investigate, analyze, and report on issues as they arise with the intention of prompting further academic discussion of them. The central scientific focus of Theology and Science will be on developments in physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, the environmental sciences, and mathematics. With regard to the theological task, Theology and Science will engage in both Christian and multi-religious reflection. The Christian theological agenda will focus on the various doctrinal loci of systematic theology. The multi-religious agenda will attend primarily to theological issues arising from the engagement between the sciences and religious traditions such as Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and native spiritualities. This approach reflects the editors' assumption that theology, as intellectual reflection upon one's religious tradition, should begin by expressing the fundamental commitments and worldview of a specific religious understanding, and that dialogue with science can best be pursued when such a religious understanding is given self-critical expression. Attention will also be given to research into the historical relationship between science and religion, along with research into the broader relationship between the philosophy of science and the philosophy of religion. Research in the social sciences and in the humanities will be invited to complement these primary foci when they offer needed connections between scientific theories and theology. This may also involve the resources of such disciplines as anthropology, cultural studies, historical theology, and metaphysics. This editorial policy is formulated with the guiding confidence that a serious dialogue between science and theology will lead to a variety of new and progressive research programs, and that these in turn will yield new insights, deeper understanding, and new knowledge at the frontiers of science and religion.
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