Stanisław WszołekCorresponding author

Michael Heller. Creative Tension. Essays on Science and Religion

10 - 2005, pages 261-264
Date of online publication: 03 August 2016
Date of publication: 30 November 2005


This is the second book by Michael Heller which presents to English readers his previously written papers on science and theology. The first one, The New Physics and a New Theology (Vatican Observatory Publications 1996) is worth mentioning in this context because in it, Michael Heller proposes a new direction in theology - the theology of science. The theology of science as envisioned by Heller is defined as an authentic theological reflection on the existence, foundations, methods, and results of modern science. Its purpose is to break down the mutual lack of trust between science and theology and to help theology advance to a new stage, where it can participate creatively in the currents of modern thought. Philosophers of science examine the boundaries of natural science and what can be known by the methods of science alone. Theology extends beyond these boundaries to include the supernatural, although Heller is far from embracing any kind of dualism. His way of extending these boundaries is different. A good example is provided by Einstein's famous question, „Why is the world comprehensible?" Neither Einstein nor any other philosopher or scientist is able to answer this question. It is theology that has to take over and seek the answer to Einstein's question. Heller provides more similar issues.

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Wszołek, Stanisław. “Michael Heller. Creative Tension. Essays on Science nad Religion.” Forum Philosophicum 10 (2005): 261–4. doi:10.35765/forphil.2005.1001.20.