Beyond Barbour: A Theology of Science from Ancient and Modern Thinkers

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The chapter critically assesses the categories of science and religion proposed by Barbour in the light of a long history of science with origins in ancient wisdom literature, on the one hand, and current social narratives of science, on the other. Finding them wanting, it proposes new categories, and the educational implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience and Religion in Education
EditorsBerry Billngsley, Keith Chappell, Michael Reiss
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-17234-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-17233-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019

Bibliographical note

Two recent books by the author, Faith and Wisdom in Science (2014) and Let There Be Science (with David Hutchings, 2017), articulate a theological narrative for science, and support his work co-leading (with Revd. Prof. David Wilkinson, Durham) the major project Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science). This work was recognised by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lanfranc Award in 2018. Dr. McLeish has been a Reader in the Anglican Church since 1993, in the dioceses of Ripon and York


  • Science and religion
  • Science theology
  • Educational Research

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