The conceptual framework of this book is influenced especially by the writings of Alfred North Whitehead, Michael Polanyi and their followers. My purpose, however, is not primarily to give an exposition of their thought, but rather to address central issues in science and religion. I have at times employed the ideas and terminology of these and other scholars to whom I am indebted in a flexible and syncretistic fashion. Consequently, I wish to express at the outset my deep gratitude to them for providing the tools I needed to focus on the problem of science and religion in a manner that may not always be in complete harmony with their own approaches.
I would also like to thank Jude Daly for typing the manuscript, Diane Yeager for critically reading a major portion of it, and Anthony Tambasco for proofreading. Finally, thanks are due especially to the many students who have helped me through their questions and criticisms to shape the ideas presented here.