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Modernity was the great period of boundary-drawing. Finally having access to solid data, Galileo, Kepler and Newton were able to give increasingly reliable formulations of natural law. If modernity was the epoch of drawing boundaries, defining areas of study and spinning off sub-disciplines, postmodernity is the epoch of transgressing these boundaries. The triad of terms in subtitle is significant: renegotiation of boundaries between the physical sciences and metaphysics or theology has everything to do with recent work in the social sciences. Human cultural constructs are built up out of a multiplicity of complex conceptual structures, many of them superimposed upon or knotted into one another, which are at once strange, irregular, and inexplicit, and which must contrive somehow first to grasp and then to render. In numerous books and journals one can observe the dismantling of the remaining fortifications, so that in many areas of the theology science discussion it is no longer necessary to speak of transgressing boundaries at all.