Issues in Science and Theology: Nature – and Beyond

Transcendence and Immanence in Science and Theology

  • Michael Fuller
  • Dirk Evers
  • Anne Runehov
  • Knut-Willy Sæther
  • Bernard Michollet

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Philosophical Considerations

  3. Theological Perspectives

  4. Scientific Insights

  5. Historical Reflections

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-284

About this book


This book addresses a variety of important questions on nature, science, and spirituality: Is the natural world all that there is? Or is it possible to move ‘beyond nature’? What might it mean to transcend nature? What reflections of anything ‘beyond nature’ might be found in nature itself?

Gathering papers originally delivered at the 2018 annual conference of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT), the book includes contributions of an international group of scientists, philosophers, theologians and historians, all discussing nature and what may lie beyond it.

More than 20 chapters explore questions of science, nature, spirituality and more, including

  • Nature – and Beyond? Immanence and Transcendence in Science and Religion
  • Awe and wonder in scientific practice: Implications for the relationship between science and religion
  • The Cosmos Considered as a Moral Institution
  • The transcendent within: how our own biology leads to spirituality
  • Preserving the heavens and the earth: Planetary sustainability from a Biblical and educational perspective

Issues in Science and Theology: Nature – and Beyond will benefit a broad audience of students, scholars and faculty in such disciplines as philosophy, history of science, theology, and ethics.


Aesthetics and Psychology Anthropology, Science and Religion Biology and Spirituality Ecology and Transcendence Immanence and Transcendence Naturalism, Religion and Science Pantheism, Science and Theology Revelation and Transcendence Science and Religion The Sublime and Selfhood Early Modern Natural Philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Fuller
    • 1
  • Dirk Evers
    • 2
  • Anne Runehov
    • 3
  • Knut-Willy Sæther
    • 4
  • Bernard Michollet
    • 5
  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Martin Luther University Halle-WittenberHalle (Saale)Germany
  3. 3.Faculty of TheologyUppsala UniversityTrelleborgSweden
  4. 4.Volda University CollegeVoldaNorway
  5. 5.Chaire Science et ReligionLyon Catholic UniversityLyonFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-31181-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-31182-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-5717
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-5725
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