SOURCE: Templeton Foundation Press

September 07, 2005 10:00 ET

Books of Distinction Program Advances Global Science and Religion Dialogue

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 7, 2005 --Twenty-nine books from a variety of publishers are this year's Books of Distinction -- scholarly, well-researched books that advance the global science and religion dialogue.

Books of Distinction, now in its second year, is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and managed by Templeton Foundation Press. With a goal of encouraging additional press attention for these books, classroom adoption, group sales, and individual sales, a supplementary marketing program that involves a national marketing campaign promotes each year's selections. A direct mail piece featuring the books is sent to scholars, researchers, libraries, and other organizations and individuals, to encouraging classroom adoption, group and individual sales. Advertisements for Books of Distinction run in national publications. And press releases focusing on several books at a time are issued throughout the year. Review copies of the books are available through their individual publishers.

Books selected in 2004 and 2005 are featured on the Books of Distinction Web site, www.scienceandreligionbooks.org/bod. The site includes descriptive copy about the books, author biographical data, critical reviews, and other information. Customers ordering through the Web site receive a 20 percent discount, and books are shipped within 24 hours.

Books of Distinction for 2005, grouped in categories (Science and Religion, Spirituality and Health, Religion, Psychology, and Science), are:

"Nature, Human Nature and God"
By Ian G. Barbour
Augsburg Fortress, 2002
Category: Science and Religion

"Healing through Prayer: Health Practitioners Tell the Story"
By Herbert Benson, Larry Dossey, and John Polkinghorne
Anglican Book Centre, 1999
Category: Religion

"Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious
Perspective"
By Philip Clayton and Jeffrey Schloss
William B Eerdmans, 2004
Category: Science and Religion

"Religion and the Body"
By Sarah Coakley
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Category: Religion

"God and the Embryo: Religious Voices on Stem Cells and Cloning"
By Ronald Cole-Turner and Brent Waters
Georgetown University Press, 2003
Category: Science and Religion

"Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe"
By Simon Conway Morris
Cambridge University Press, 2003
Category: Science

"Science and the Ultimate Reality: Quantum Theory, Cosmology, and
Complexity"
By Paul  Davies, John D. Barrow, and Charles Harper, Jr.
Cambridge University Press, 2004
Category: Science

"The Ethics of Nature"
By Celia Deane-Drummond
Blackwell Publishing, 2004
Category: Science and Religion

"The Far-Future Universe: Eschatology from a Cosmic Perspective"
By George F. R. Ellis
Templeton Foundation Press, 2002
Category: Science and Religion

"The Psychology of Gratitude"
By Robert Emmons and Michael E. McCullough
Oxford University Press, 2004
Category: Psychology

"Science and Religion in Search of Cosmic Purpose"
By John Haught
Georgetown University Press, 2000
Category: Science and Religion

"Technology and Human Becoming"
By Philip Hefner
Augsburg Fortress, 2003
Category: Science and Religion

"Creative Tension: Essays on Science and Religion"
By Michael Heller
Templeton Foundation Press, 2003
Category: Science and Religion

"From Cells to Souls and Beyond: Changing Portraits of Human Nature"
By Malcolm Jeeves
William B Eerdmans, 2004
Category: Science and Religion

"New Light on Depression: Help, Hope, and Answers for the Depressed and
Those Who Love Them"
By Harold Koenig and David B. Biebel
Zondervan, 2004
Category: Psychology

"When Faiths Collide"
By Martin E. Marty
Blackwell Publishing, 2005
Category: Religion

"Creation"
By Alister McGrath
Augsburg Fortress, 2005
Category: Religion

"Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization"
By Seyyed Hossein Nasr
HarperSanFrancisco, 2003
Category: Religion

"In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on
God's Presence in a Scientific World"
By Arthur Peacocke and Philip Clayton
William B Eerdmans, 2004
Category: Science and Religion

"Evolution from Creation to New Creation: Conflict, Conversation, and
Convergence"
By Ted Peters and Martinez Hewlett
Abingdon Press, 2003
Category: Science and Religion

"Science and the Trinity: The Christian Encounter with Reality"
By John C. Polkinghorne
Yale University Press, 2004
Category: Science and Religion

"Human Nature and the Freedom of Public Expression"
By Stephen G. Post
University of Notre Dame Press, 2003
Category: Science and Religion

"Pilgrim Without Boundaries"
By Ravi Ravindra
Morning Light Press, 2003
Category: Spirituality and Health

"God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are
Changing America"
By Naomi Schaefer Riley
St. Martin's Press, 2005
Category: Religion

"Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists"
By Robert John Russell, W. Mark Richardson, Philip Clayton, and Kirk Wegter-
McNelly
Routledge, 2002
Category: Science and Religion

"For the Glory of God: How Monotheism Led to Reformations, Science, Witch-
Hunts, and the End of Slavery"
By Rodney Stark
Princeton University Press, 2003
Category: Science and Religion

"The Quantum and the Lotus: A Journey to the Frontiers Where Science and
Buddhism Meet"
By Trinh Xuan Thuan and Matthieu Ricard
Three Rivers Press, 2001
Category: Science and Religion

"The Case for Religion"
By Keith Ward
Oneworld Publications, 2004
Category: Religion

"Reformed Theology: Identity and Ecumenicity"
By Michael Welker and Wallace M. Alston, Jr.
William B Eerdmans, 2003
Category: Religion

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