God and contemporary science: Philip clayton's defense of panentheism

Willem B. Drees*

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Philip Clayton's God and Contemporary Science is summarized and discussed. Clayton presents a theological reading of biblical texts. In my opinion, science-and-religion studies should deal more substantially with insights of secular studies on the situated character of these texts. Clayton uses the relationship between mind and brain as analogy for the relationship between God and the world. This runs the risk of understanding God as analogous to the mind and hence secondary and emergent relative to the world. Besides, Clayton's arguments for mental causation are wanting. But then, why should a defender of panentheism decouple the mental and the material?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-525
Number of pages11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Divine action
  • Exegesis
  • Human agency
  • Naturalism
  • Philip clayton
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Postmodernism


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