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
     
 

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.

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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

1 Beyond reductionism 1

2 Reductionism 10

3 The physicists rebel 19

4 The nonreducibility of biology to physics 31

5 The origin of life 44

6 Agency, value, and meaning 72

7 The cycle of work 88

8 Order for free 101

9 The nonergodic universe 120

10 Breaking the Galilean spell 129

11 The evolution of the economy 150

12 Mind 177

13 The quantum brain? 197

14 Living into mystery 230

15 The two cultures 246

16 Broken bones 255

17 Ethics evolving 259

18 A global ethic 273

19 God and reinventing the sacred 281

Acknowledgments 289

Notes 291

Bibliography 305

Index 307

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