Cosmic Beginnings and Human Ends: Where Science and Religion Meet

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The most penetrating scientific intellects have found that something beyond science is required to make sense of the cosmos, while many of those working for inter-faith dialogue have concluded that "the story of the universe is the only thing that can bring the religions of the world together".

"Putting three basic questions to a well-chosen group of people has provided a lush collection of thoughtful reflection and informed speculation. A wonderfully provocative and enlightening book". -- James Mosher Publisher of Mindfield

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812692709
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/10/1994
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Images of Enlightenment: A Mandala for Science 11
2 Science and Genesis 31
3 The Big Bang Origin of the Universe 55
4 Beyond Immutability: The Birth and Death of Elementary Particles 77
5 From Mystery to Mystery 87
6 The Origin, Evolution, and Distribution of Life in the Universe 91
7 Science at the Crossroads 109
8 The Coming Clash of the Titans 129
9 A Distinctly Human Face 155
10 Tao, Modern Science, and Human Destiny 159
11 Gaia: Cosmic Beginnings, Nonhuman Ends 187
12 The Smallest Cells Have Important Lessons to Teach 205
13 Crucial Conversations: Theology, Feminism, and Science 225
14 Is Participatory Science Possible? 239
15 The Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technological Power 245
16 The Equations of Maya 259
17 Scientific and Christian Thought: Phenomenological Reflection 289
18 A Search for Beliefs to Live by Consistent with Science 313
19 Creation Stories, Religious and Atheistic 337
20 The Origin of Consciousness 355
21 Religious Responses to the Big Bang 379
22 From Cosmic Beginnings to Human Ends 403
Index 429
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