Reinventing the Sacred A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion

ISBN-10: 0465018882
ISBN-13: 9780465018888
Edition: 2010
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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 2/23/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 1.00" long x 10.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Consider the complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more awesome to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell at a stroke, or to realize that it evolved with no Almighty Hand, but arose on its own in the changing biosphere?In this bold and fresh look at science and religion, complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman argues that the qualities of divinity that we reverecreativity, meaning, purposeful actionare properties of the universe that can be investigated methodically. He offers stunning evidence for this idea in an abundance of fields, from cell biology to the philosophy of mind, and uses it to find common ground between belief systems often at odds with one another.A daring and ambitious argument for a new understanding of natural divinity,Reinventing the Sacredchallenges readers both scientifically and philosophically.

Biophysicist Stuart A. Kauffman works at the University of Pennsylvania and is assocated with a think tank at the Santa Fe Institute. Kauffman has written At Home in the Universe: The Search for Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity and The Origin of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution.

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