Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life / Edition 1by Stephen Jay Gould
Pub. Date: 03/09/1999
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Writing with bracing intelligence and clarity, internationally renowned evolutionist and bestselling author Stephen Jay Gould sheds new light on a dilemma that has plagued thinking people since the Renaissance: the rift between science and religion. Instead of choosing them, Gould asks, why not opt for a golden mean that accords dignity and distinction to each realm?
In his distinctively elegant style, Gould offers a lucid, contemporary principle that allows science and religion to coexist peacefully in a position of respectful noninterference. Science defines the natural world; religion our moral world in recognition of their separate spheres of influence. In exploring this thought-provoking concept, Gould delves into the history of science, sketching affecting portraits of scientists and moral leaders wrestling with matters of faith and reason. Stories of seminal figures such as Galileo, Darwin, and Thomas Henry Huxley make vivid his argument that individuals and cultures must cultivate both a life of the spirit and a life of rational inquiry in order to experience the fullness of being human.
In Rocks of Ages, Gould’s passionate humanism, ethical discernment, and erudition are fused to create a dazzling gem of contemporary cultural philosophy.
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This book touched my mind and my heart. It aims to point out the virtues of both religion and science while recognizing that they cannot realistically describe the same subjects without compromising the truth. More importantly, Gould reminds us that we must be respectful of differing points of view and the people who hold them while we are protecting that truth. The text is a little difficult to read in places, but most of it is quite good. This book is very thoughtprovoking and relevant to the issues of our time.