Gaia's Gift: Earth, Ourselves, and God after Copernicus

Gaia's Gift: Earth, Ourselves, and God after Copernicus

by Anne Primavesi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415288355

ISBN-13: 9780415288354

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Gaia's Gift, the second of Anne Primavesi's explorations of human relationships with the earth, asks that we complete the ideological revolution set in motion by Copernicus and Darwin concerning human importancene. They challenged the notion of our God-given centrality within the universe and within earth's evolutionary history. Yet as our continuing

Overview

Gaia's Gift, the second of Anne Primavesi's explorations of human relationships with the earth, asks that we complete the ideological revolution set in motion by Copernicus and Darwin concerning human importancene. They challenged the notion of our God-given centrality within the universe and within earth's evolutionary history. Yet as our continuing exploitation of earth's resources and species demonstrates, we remain wedded to the theological assumption that these are there for our sole use and benefit. Now James Lovelock's scientific understanding of the existential reality of Gaia's gift of life again raises the question of our proper place within the universe. It turns us decisively towards an understanding of ourselves as dependent on, rather than in control of, the whole earth community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415288354
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Astronomical Revolution
1.1 Personal Background
1.2 Contemporary Worldview
1.3 Ptolemaic Cosmology
1.4 Theological Anthropology

2. After Copernicus
2.1 The Role of Knowledge
2.2 Scientific Privilege
2.3 The Anthropic Principle
2.4 Against Anthropism

3. Theological Challenges to Copernicus
3.1 Christian Chronology
3.2 Post-Copernican Challenges
3.3 Theological Challenges
3.4 Galileo's Challenge

4. The Incomplete Revolution
4.1 Observing the Universe
4.2 Copernicus's Observations and Frame of Reference
4.3 Copernicus's Overall Frame of Reference
4.4 Human Knowledge and Total Knowledge (Omniscience)
4.5 Heliocentrism and Homocentrism
4.6 Homocentrism Today

5. Revolution Within Ourselves
5.1 Changing the Frame of Reference
5.2 The Biological Revolution
5.3 Obstacles to Self-Revolution
5.4 Earth and Self
5.5 A Shift in Perception
5.6 Deep and Deeper into Time

6. Heaven on Earth
6.1 Death and Heaven
6.2 Unnatural Death?
6.3 Claiming Immortality
6.4 Heaven on Earth

7. Life on Earth
7.1 Death and Life in a Heliocentric Community
7.2 Darkness and Light
7.3 Speaking of Death

8. Gift Exchanges
8.1 The Nature of Gift Exchange
8.2 The Present Context for Gift Exchange
8.3 The Nature of Gift Exchange

9. Gift Exchange Today
9.1 Symbol and Myth
9.2 The Concept of Giveness
9.3 The Cultural Perception of Giveness Today
9.4 Religious Perceptions of Giveness Today

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