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Preface Introduction PART ONE: THE FORMATION OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW Chapter One: The End of the Anthropocentric Universe Chapter Two: The Intellectual Beauty of Being Chapter Three: The Life of the Universe Chapter Four: The Evolution of Life on Earth Chapter Five: Freedom, Suffering and Omnipotence Chapter Six: The Veiled World Chapter Seven: The Open Future Chapter Eight: The Implicate Order PART TWO: THE SEARCH FOR ULTIMATE EXPLANATION - THE GOD OF THE SCIENTISTS Chapter Nine: The Limits of Science. Chapter Ten: The Explanation of Everything Chapter Eleven: The Emergence of the Soul Chapter Twelve: The Origins of Culture Chapter Thirteen: Cosmic Ontogenesis PART THREE: THE GOD OF RELIGION Chapter Fourteen: God's Action in the Universe Chapter Fifteen: Beyond the Powers of Nature? Chapter Sixteen: Immortal Life Chapter Seventeen: The Ultimate Goal

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"In this marvelous book keith Ward writes with characterisitc flair and intelligence about the age old problem of science and religion." Wentzel van Huyssteen - James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science. Princeton Theological Sem "Eloquently informed by modern science, Keith Ward's thought-provoking account sequentially explores its implications for the god of the philosophers and the God of religion. Ward writes with both wit and profundity." Professor Owen Gingerich - Senior Astronomer Emeritus the Harvard-Smithsonian center for Astrophysic "...a splendidly thought-provoking book." John Brooke - Andreas Idreos Professor of Science & Religion, University of Oxford.

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Author Keith Ward is Regius Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, at the University of Oxford. He has written numerous high profile books on contemporary issues related to our understanding of God, Christianity and religion.


" ...a splendidly thought-provoking book. Without denying that revolutions in science have changed perceptions of divine action, Keith Ward nevertheless insists that the elegant structures of mathematical physics are deeply consonant with, even suggestive of, a religious understanding." Professor John Brooke, holder of The Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion within the Faculty of Theology at Oxford

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