No Sense of Obligation: Science and Religion in an Impersonal Universe

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No Sense of Obligation: Science and Religion in an Impersonal Universe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759610897
  • Publisher: Authorhouse
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1. Sort of a hypothesis 1
2. Science, evidence, and nonsense 9
Scientific method 10
Internal reality 24
Anecdotal evidence 28
Falsifiability 31
Rational, irrational, and nonrational 44
Self correction 45
Paradigm shifts 48
Taste 58
Is religion falsifiable? 67
3. Signs, wonders, and anecdotes 73
Miracles 73
Credit and blame 80
Reward and punishment 82
Wishful thinking 89
Signs 97
4. Questioning authority 115
The Bible as a science text 120
The Hebrew Bible 126
The Book of Jonah 133
The Gospels 137
The scientific literature 147
Is the Bible true? 149
5. The evil that men do 157
The Book of Job 160
The play, J. B. 168
The biological origin of evil 169
6. Aquinas's error 185
Elemental God 188
The Ontological Argument 189
The Argument from First Cause 197
The Argument from Contingency 204
The Argument from Design 207
The Argument from Evolution 210
The Anthropic Principle 219
The Argument from Mathematical Physics 224
Mysticism and the Argument from Religious Experience 232
7. Experimentalist's universe 249
Ockham's razor 250
Determinism 253
Damasio and Descartes 258
8. The magnificent structure of nature 271
9. Questions theists ask 279
Appendix Random determinism 299
Schrodinger's cat 299
Quantum mechanics demystified (a little) 304
References 309
Index 323
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