"Three observations about this [contemporary] situation are so obviously true that they should be of high priority in forming the churches' life. Tragically they seldom result in action. One is that today's churches have no other place to fulfill their mission than a world whose basic assumptions are pervaded more and more by science. The second is that the churches urgently need to develop strategies to communicate the gospel contextually. Society is so permeated by scientific viewpoints that when these viewpoints are not taken seriously by the churches their message is either dismissed or compartmentalized as irrelevant to serious contemporary living. The third is that the world is flailing about in a sea of technological developments that cannot be controlled without adequate ethical guidance from the churches". -- Preface, p. vi.
Contents: Preface / John M. Mangum -- Foreword / Paul Abrecht -- The Current Scientific World View / Bengt Gustafsson -- The Challenge of Science to Theology and the Church / Arthur Peacocke -- The Challenge of Theology to Science and the Church / Vitor Westhelle -- The Challenge of the Church to Science and Theology / Gerhard Liedke -- The Task of the Church in the New Scientific Age / Harold P. Nebelsick -- How High-Tech is Changing American Society / Judith K. Larsen -- Genetic Engineering : Our Role in Creation / Ronald Cole-Turner -- Asian World Religions and Post-modern Science / Naozumi Eto -- Scientific Research is My Christian Vocation / Vincent P.K. Titanji -- Reflections on Science as Vocation / Ted Peters -- Agenda for the Twenty-first Century / Robert John Russell -- Six Bible Studies / Paulos Mar Gregorios.
Includes Appendices: Group Reports : Appendix A : International Roundtable / Verlyn Baker -- Appendix B : Africa / Deborah Enilo Ajajaiye -- Appendix C : Asia / Pradip Thomas -- Appendix D : Europe / Sigurd Martin Daecke and Rainer Stahl -- Appendix E : Latin America / Vitor Westhelle -- Appendix F : North America / Eric C. Shafer.