Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason and Religion

Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason and Religion

by Stuart A. Kauffman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0465003001

ISBN-13: 9780465003006

Pub. Date: 05/05/2008

Publisher: Basic Books

Consider the woven integrated complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more awe-inspiring to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell, or to consider that the living organism was created by the evolving biosphere? As the eminent complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman explains in this ambitious and groundbreaking new book,

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Consider the woven integrated complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more awe-inspiring to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell, or to consider that the living organism was created by the evolving biosphere? As the eminent complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman explains in this ambitious and groundbreaking new book, people who do not believe in God have largely lost their sense of the sacred and the deep human legitimacy of our inherited spirituality. For those who believe in a Creator God, no science will ever disprove that belief. In Reinventing the Sacred, Kauffman argues that the science of complexity provides a way to move beyond reductionist science to something new: a unified culture where we see God in the creativity of the universe, biosphere, and humanity. Kauffman explains that the ceaseless natural creativity of the world can be a profound source of meaning, wonder, and further grounding of our place in the universe. His theory carries with it a new ethic for an emerging civilization and a reinterpretation of the divine. He asserts that we are impelled by the imperative of life itself to live with faith and courage-and the fact that we do so is indeed sublime. Reinventing the Sacred will change the way we all think about the evolution of humanity, the universe, faith, and reason.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465003006
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
05/05/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Beyond Reductionism     1
Reductionism     10
The Physicists Rebel     19
The Nonreducibility of Biology to Physics     31
The Origin of Life     44
Agency, Value, and Meaning     72
The Cycle of Work     88
Order for Free     101
The Nonergodic Universe     120
Breaking the Galilean Spell     129
The Evolution of the Economy     150
Mind     177
The Quantum Brain?     197
Living into Mystery     230
The Two Cultures     246
Broken Bones     255
Ethics Evolving     259
A Global Ethic     273
God and Reinventing the Sacred     281
Acknowledgments     289
Notes     291
Bibliography     305
Index     307

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