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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

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

About the editors

Michael Fuller has taught science and theology at the University of Edinburgh since 1998. He is the author of a monograph and numerous articles dealing with the interface of science and religion, and he has edited numerous symposia relating to this subject. He is a former Chair of the UK Science and Religion Forum, and Vice-President for Publications of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology. He is an Anglican Priest, a Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and for 15 years he was Pantonian Professor at the Theological Institute of the Scottish Episcopal Church. His research interests include ethical issues raised by new and emerging sciences.

Dirk Evers is Professor of Dogmatics and Philosophy of Religion at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Before joining Halle University in 2010 as a faculty member, he worked as assistant professor at Tübingen University under Eberhard Jüngel. Since his doctoral thesis on cosmology and doctrine of creation in 2000 he has been doing interdisciplinary work at the intersection of science and theology. Since 2014 he has been president of ESSSAT (European Society for the Study of Science and Theology), and he is managing editor of the journal Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Issues in Science and Theology: Nature – and Beyond
  • Book Subtitle Transcendence and Immanence in Science and Theology
  • Editors Michael Fuller
    Dirk Evers
    Anne Runehov
    Knut-Willy Sæther
    Bernard Michollet
  • Series Title Issues in Science and Religion: Publications of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Issues in Science and Religion: Publications of Europ. Society for Study of Sci., Theology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-31181-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-31182-7
  • Series ISSN 2364-5717
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-5725
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 284
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religion and Society
    Christian Theology
    Philosophy of Religion
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