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  • Creation: order and chance in physics and biology 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1990-04-19
    Format:born digital; motion pictures (visual works); digital moving image formats
    The relations between physics and theology are surprisingly cordial at present; the relations between biology and theology are more difficult. A key to understanding the interrelations of all three: physics, biology, and ...
  • Genes, genesis and God: Holmes Rolston III: Richard J. Burke lecture in philosophy, religion and society 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2006-03-13
    Format:born digital; motion pictures (visual works); digital moving image formats
    Holmes Rolston delivers the inaugurating Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan on March 13, 2006. Professor Rolston discusses the debate about order and ...
  • Good Samaritan and his genes, The - audio/video lecture 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2002-11-09
    Format:born digital; motion pictures (visual works); digital moving image formats
    This is a lecture given by Holmes Rolston at a conference on Biology and Morality at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 9, 2002.
  • We humans are the worst and the best and … 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2022-03
    Format:born digital; articles
    We humans have extended culture amplifying our powers. Our genotypes are differentially expressed in phenotypes, increasing our preferring us over them, escalating our worst and best. Our groups are more ruthless than ...
  • Environmental ethics and religion/science 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2009
    Format:born digital; articles
    What to make of who we are, where we are, what we ought to do? These perennial questions are familiar enough; what is recently extraordinary is how the science-religion dialogue re-frames these old questions with an on ...
  • Lame science? Blind religion? 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; articles
    In Consecrating Science, Lisa Sideris argues that an anthropocentric and science-based cosmology encourages human arrogance and diminishes a sense of wonder in human experience immersed in the natural world, found in diverse ...
  • Schlick's Responsible man 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1975
    Format:born digital; articles
    A criticism of the concept of responsibility in the work of Moritz Schlick. The solution, or dissolution, of moral responsibility is not nearly so simple as Schlick has proposed. Upon analysis, his hope of retaining ...
  • Suffering through to something higher 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2012
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    The Darwinian world of "survival of the fittest" is "survival of the better adapted." Over evolutionary time the fight for life deepens into sentience, and sentience into suffering. This forces philosophers and theologians ...
  • Surprisingly neuroplastic human brains: reading, science, philosophy, theology 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; articles
    Human brains, dramatically more complex than anything else in the known universe, are marvelously mutable. Recent neuroscience focuses on how humans create cumulative transmissible cultures which in turn shape mental ...
  • Critical notice in science and religion 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published materials in science and religion.
  • Review of A. N. Wilson's How can we know? An essay on the Christian religion 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1986
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    A British novelist, critic, and controversial former editor of the Spectator is here an intense disciple of Christ. How Can We Know? is A. N. Wilson's searching Apologia Pro Vita Sua, urbane, gracefully written, and a ...
  • Review of John Polkinghorne's Science and theology: an introduction 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2000
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    John Polkinghorne is well known as a leading figure relating theology to physics. Confronted with the claim that science and theology are inevitably at odds with each other, Polkinghorne replied, and here demonstrates, ...
  • Review of Alister McGrath's A scientific theology: volume 1: nature 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2004
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    This is a learned survey of historical ideas of creation and nature. McGrath is enthusiastic about the social creation of nature, yet he also seeks a "logocentric" account by which Christians have a privileged, or revealed ...
  • Review of Paoli Soleri's The omega seed: an eschatological hypothesis 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1983
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Soleri believes in an Omega God. Inveighing against the Alpha God, traditional theism is misleading. Our present human challenge is to become what we are, the seed of God, and hence Soleri's title. We are the Omega Seed. ...
  • Review of Kenneth Cauthen's Process ethics: a constructive system 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1986
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    This is a process oriented theology, blending Christian ethics based on the Bible and moral philosophy based on reason and experience. He synthesizes rights-based and utilitarian ethics, agape and eros, love and justice, ...
  • Review of James W. Jones' the Texture of knowledge: an essay in science and religion 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1982
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    This is a finely and tightly woven essay about the unweaving of hard and fast claims in both science and religion. James W. Jones advocates what he calls an open texture in both fields. He analyzes three leading philosophers ...
  • Review of K. S. Shrader-Frechette's Environmental ethics 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1982
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Shrader-Frechette has anthologized 25 selections, chosen to be good beginner's pieces. Often there are opposing articles, and the authors come from diverse fields. The selections are provocative, organized around the right ...
  • Review of David L. Schindler's Beyond mechanism: the universe in recent Catholic thought 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1987
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    This worthy volume contains the responses of four Catholics and one non-Catholic to the philosophical views of the physicist David Bohm. The central concept is that of the one "implicate order" unfolded into the many ...
  • Review of J. Ronald Engel's Sacred sands: the struggle for community in the Indiana Dunes 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1984
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Sacred Sands is a welcome contribution to religious studies, environmental ethics, and American history. Ron Engel narrates the bitterly contested struggle to save the Indiana Dunes on Lake Michigan. This is a story of ...
  • Rights and responsibilities on the home planet (Zygon) 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1993
    Format:born digital; articles
    Earth is the home planet, right for life. But rights is, unfortunately, a biologically awkward word. Humans, nonetheless, have rights to a natural environment with integrity. Human political systems are not well suited to ...

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