Issues in Science and Theology: Are We Special?

Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Reflections on Cosmology

  3. Reflections on Biology and Evolution

  4. Reflections on Anthropology, Technology and Culture

  5. Philosophical and Theological Reflections

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-313

About this book


This book offers a penetrating analysis of issues raised by the perennial question, ‘Are We Special?’ It brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines, from astronomy and palaeontology to philosophy and theology, to explore this question. Contributors cover a wide variety of issues, including what makes humans distinct from other animals, the possibilities of artificial life and artificial intelligence, the likelihood of life on other planets, and the role of religious behavior. A variety of religious and scientific perspectives are brought to bear on these matters. As a whole, the book addresses whether the issue of human uniqueness is one to which sciences and religions necessarily offer differing responses. 


Anthropocentrism Anthropology and theology Artificial intelligence Artificial life Astrobiology Cognitive science and evolution Consciousness and religion Culture and ethics Darwinian evolution History of the universe Human distinctiveness Human uniqueness Image of God Jewish-Christian eschatology neo-Aristotelianism neo-Darwinism Synthetic xenobiology To be a human being

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Fuller
    • 1
  • Dirk Evers
    • 2
  • Anne Runehov
    • 3
  • Knut-Willy Sæther
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of DivinityNew College, University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Martin Luther University of Halle-WittenbergHalle/SaaleGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of TheologyUppsala UniversityTrelleborgSweden
  4. 4.Department of Religious StudiesVolda University College and NLA University CollegeVoldaNorway

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