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Ken Wilber is the author of more than a dozen books and is considered by many to be one of the most important philosophers of our time. In his latest book, The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion, Wilber writes about a critical dilemma of our day — the battle between the warring camps of religion and science. Science has given us methods for discovering truth, while religion remains the single greatest force for generating meaning.
Wilber addresses the ultimate millennial questions: How, in a postmodern era that acknowledges the failure of science to answer questions about the meaning of life, can we reconcile the answers offered by premodern religions that billions of people continue to practice today? Is mutual accord possible between the subjective spiritual world and the objective scientific world? Indeed it is, according to Wilber.
The author traces the development of Western ideology from a time when the spirit and soul were not considered at odds with empirical data. This is generally considered to have changed during the 18th-century Enlightenment, when religious and scientific thought became antagonistic toward each other. Western civilization's development thereafter consisted of a materialistic science, based solely on hard data, which left no room for spirituality.
The Marriage of Sense and Soul explores the schism between science and religion and the impact the rupture will have on the fate of humanity. Wilber reviews failed attempts at integration and suggests a path for the marriageofancient religious wisdom and modern knowledge as it is manifested in science.