God in Cosmic History

Where Science and History Meet Religion

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“In Ted Peters’s God in Cosmic History: Where Science and History Meet Religion, one of America’s top contemporary theologians insightfully connects our new scientific story of the universe to the long human quest for God. Such a delicate task is one that few writers are qualified to carry out in a manner that is both fully respectful of the natural sciences and also deeply rooted in religious wisdom. Ted Peters is the embodiment of such skill. His book should have wide appeal to readers of many backgrounds. Strongly recommended.”

 

John F. Haught
Georgetown University

About This Book

Overview

Does a scientific account of human and natural history have room for the question of God?

Perhaps inadvertently, historians have often eliminated the religious chapters—those episodes in history during which human insights into transcendence and divinity have shaped human consciousness—from our planet’s story.

Ted Peters’s God in Cosmic History: Where Science and History Meet Religion tells the story of cosmic history as big historians tell it, beginning with the big bang, and explores the question of God hidden beneath this story. This expanded history begins with the big bang, offering a readable account of nature’s history before our hominid ancestors. God in Cosmic History pauses on the Axial Age of human history: a moment during the first millennium BCE in which questions of transcendence first simultaneously arose in distinct locations around the world. By exploring this threshold in cosmic history, Peters demonstrates the way the arrival of the God question marked a radical new human consciousness, one that ultimately laid the groundwork for the modern age.

Details

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 1.5 x 9 in
Pages

358

ISBN

978-1-59982-813-8

Format

Softcover

Item # 7077

Customer Reviews

“In Ted Peters’s God in Cosmic History: Where Science and History Meet Religion, one of America’s top contemporary theologians insightfully connects our new scientific story of the universe to the long human quest for God. Such a delicate task is one that few writers are qualified to carry out in a manner that is both fully respectful of the natural sciences and also deeply rooted in religious wisdom. Ted Peters is the embodiment of such skill. His book should have wide appeal to readers of many backgrounds. Strongly recommended.”

 

John F. Haught
Georgetown University

About the Author

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Ted Peters

Ted Peters is coeditor of the journal Theology and Science, published by the Francisco J. Ayala Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. He is Research Professor Emeritus in Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley.

Table of Contents

PA R T O N E

Cosmic History and the Origin of All Things

  1. Why Is History Getting Bigger?
  2. Big Bang Cosmology
  3. Sun, Earth, and Moon
  4. The Evolution of Living Creatures
  5. Our Pre-Human and Human Ancestors
  6. Religious Symbols and Spiritual Sensibilities
  7. Mythical Stories of Origin
  8. The Origin Story in Genesis 1:1–2:4a
  9. The Origin Story in Genesis 2:4b–3:24
  10. Critical Thinking about Cosmic History
  11. Fine Tuning, the Anthropic Principle, and the Multiverse

PA R T T W O

The Axial Question of God and the Future of Life on Earth

  1. War
  2. The Axial Breakthrough in China: Daoism and Confucianism
  3. The Axial Breakthrough in India: Hinduism and Buddhism
  4. The Axial Breakthrough in Greece: Philosophy
  5. The Axial Breakthrough in Israel: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  6. Models of God
  7. Science and Scientism in Europe and China
  8. The Evolution Controversy
  9. Do We Share Our Galaxy with Extraterrestrial Neighbors?
  10. Toward a Just, Sustainable, Participatory, and Planetary Society

Afterword: Asking the Question of God

Index

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