Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A publication emerges

My paper, Emergence, reductionism and the stratification of reality in science and theology has finally been published in the Scottish Journal of Theology.
I am used to publishing in scientific journals where the time lag between acceptance and appearance in print is usually months rather than years...

Here is the concluding paragraph:

Emergent phenomena and concepts in science raise questions about the presuppositions of much academic theology, which has forlornly tried to become more intellectually respectable by adopting Enlightenment methods, concepts and presuppositions. Emergence affirms those who consider theology (in the tradition of Barth, Torrance and McGrath) to be a legitimate discipline in its own right. It can and should dialogue with other disciplines, but should not be intimidated into changing its methods or content by intellectual imperialists from other disciplines. Furthermore, as Barth emphasised, theology can only claim to be ‘scientific’ if its content and methods are constrained by the object under study, the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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