What Theology can contribute to the question "What is Life?"

Losch, Andreas (2017). What Theology can contribute to the question "What is Life?". In: Losch, Andreas (ed.) What is Life? On Earth and Beyond (pp. 201-212). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

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While the concept of “life” in general is a rather broad one, in this chapter I want to sketch shortly how science and philosophy close to science have dealt with the big question what life is and I will ask whether the fundamental answers given may suffice. To pursue our task, we need to start with a contribution by Erwin Schrödinger; from the scientific beginnings, there was a focus on the physical and chemical level of life. The main body of the chapter then explores the potential contributions of theology to this question as a scientific one. Can theology contribute at all? The famous Swiss theologian Karl Barth preferred to keep the domains of science and theology separated. Nevertheless, misperceptions set aside, I think there are potential contributions of theology to science in our time. Theologian Michael Welker has dedicated a booklet to the issue and gives five answers which shall be applied on the question under consideration. Also, additional answers have been found.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology > Institute of Systematic Theology > Dogmatics and the History of Philosophy
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology > Institute of Biblical Studies > Languages

UniBE Contributor:

Losch, Andreas

Subjects:

200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology

ISBN:

978-1-107-17589-1

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andreas Losch

Date Deposited:

23 Oct 2017 09:34

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2017 09:34

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.102377

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/102377

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