Barbour attempts to ‘present an interpretation of Christianity that is responsive both to the historical tradition and to contemporary science’. The first volume (Religion in an Age of Science) explores the impact of science and its challenges to religious life, asking and answering questions surrounding the compatibility of science and religion and the impact of science on human nature. The second volume (Ethics in an Age of Technology) explores the ethical implications of technological and applied-scientific advancements, reflecting on the value of these achievements in relation to such concerns as environmental and human costs, and projecting possible future directions of control relative to human values.
Ethics in an Age of Technology
Ethics in an Age of Technology constitutes the second of a two-part series of Gifford Lectures that Ian Barbour presented at the University of Aberdeen. The first portion of the lectures, published as Religion in an Age of Science, probed the interaction of religion with the “methods and series of science.” This volume “deals with the challenges to ethics arising from technology and applied science” (xv).
Religion in an Age of Science
This first volume of Ian Barbour’s Gifford Lectures from 1989-1991 at the University of Aberdeen is a foundational text for the increasingly popular field of theology and science. The questions Barbour raises have only become more current in the passing decades and thus this work serves as a valuable guide for the development of the field and an introduction to science and theology more generally. The volume as a whole is concerned with five features of the scientific age that must be reckoned with.
- Jon Cameron, University of Aberdeen