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Since 1990, CTNS and the Vatican Observatory have sponsored a series of biannual research conferences focused broadly on the theme of ‘divine action’ as it arises in a variety of specific scientific topics and theological issues. The goal includes a clearer understanding of the relation between contemporary science and "non-interventionist, special, objective divine action" (see Russell, "Chaos and Complexity," esp. Sec. 3.3.). The publications from these conferences include: Robert John Russell, Nancey C. Murphy and Chris J. Isham, eds., Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action Series (Vatican City State; Berkeley, Calif.: Vatican Observatory Publications; Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 1993); Robert John Russell, Nancey C. Murphy and Arthur R. Peacocke, eds., Chaos and Complexity: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action Series (Vatican City State; Berkeley, Calif.: Vatican Observatory Publications; Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 1995); Robert John Russell, William R. Stoeger, S. J and Francisco J. Ayala, eds., Evolutionary and Molecular Biology: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, ed. Robert John Russell, William R. Stoeger, S. J and Francisco J. Ayala (Vatican City State; Berkeley, California: Vatican Observatory Publications; Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 1998); Robert John Russell, Nancey Murphy, et al., eds., Neuroscience and the Person: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (Vatican City State; Berkeley, California: Vatican Observatory Publications; Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 1999); Robert John Russell, Philip Clayton, et al., eds., Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (Vatican City State; Berkeley, California: Vatican Observatory Publications; Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 2000). This series arose out of the original Vatican Observatory conference on religion and science published in Robert John Russell, William R. Stoeger, S.J. and George V. Coyne, S.J., eds., Physics, Philosophy, and Theology: A Common Quest for Understanding (Vatican City State: Vatican Observatory Publications, 1988). Other helpful sources include Polkinghorne, Science and providence, Ch. 2; Barbour, Religion in an age of science, chs. 8, 9; Arthur Peacocke, Theology for a Scientific Age: Being and Becoming --- Natural, Divine and Human, Enlarged Edition (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993), ch. 9; Philip Clayton, God and Contemporary Science (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997), Ch. 7. See also Jitse M. van der Meer, Editor, Facets of Faith & Science, Four Volumes (Ancaster, Ontario; Lanham: The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science; University Press of America, Inc., 1996), esp. Vol. 4. For a careful analysis see Steven D. Crain, "Divine Action and the Natural Sciences," Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 32.3(September 1997). and Southgate, Deane-Drummond, et al., God, Humanity and the Cosmos, Ch. 7.

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