Skeptics and True Believers The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Religion

ISBN-10: 0802775640
ISBN-13: 9780802775641
Edition: 1998
Authors: Chet Raymo
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Description: Years ago, noted science teacher and writer Chet Raymo embarked upon his own quest to reconcile the miracle stories he learned as a child with the science he learned as an adult. Skeptics and True Believersis the culmination of that search—a  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 4/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Years ago, noted science teacher and writer Chet Raymo embarked upon his own quest to reconcile the miracle stories he learned as a child with the science he learned as an adult. Skeptics and True Believersis the culmination of that search—a passionate, ever-inquisitive statement that science and religion can mutually reinforce the way we experience the world. Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He illustrates his argument with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the red knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. "Miracles are explainable," Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, "it is the explanations that are miraculous." For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncompromising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.

Introductionp. 1
Miracles and Explanationsp. 10
Decoding the Mystery of Lifep. 27
The Known and the Unknowablep. 44
Organized Skepticismp. 57
Astrology and Prayerp. 78
Close Encounters of the Improbable Kindp. 97
The New Story of Creationp. 120
Creationism and Evolutionp. 137
Academy in Revoltp. 158
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