Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life / Edition 1

Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life / Edition 1

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by Stephen Jay Gould
     
 

ISBN-10: 0345430093

ISBN-13: 9780345430090

Pub. Date: 03/09/1999

Publisher: Random House, Incorporated

Stephen Jay Gould sheds new light on a dilemma that has plagued thinking people since the Renaissance. Instead of choosing between science and religion, Gould asks, why not opt for a golden mean that accords dignity and distinction to each realm? At the heart of Gould's penetrating argument is a lucid, contemporary principle he calls NOMA (for nonoverlapping…  See more details below

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Stephen Jay Gould sheds new light on a dilemma that has plagued thinking people since the Renaissance. Instead of choosing between science and religion, Gould asks, why not opt for a golden mean that accords dignity and distinction to each realm? At the heart of Gould's penetrating argument is a lucid, contemporary principle he calls NOMA (for nonoverlapping magisteria) - a "blessedly simple and entirely conventional resolution" 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.

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ISBN-13:
9780345430090
Publisher:
Random House, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/09/1999
Series:
Library of Contemporary Thought Ser.
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.39(h) x 1.02(d)

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Table of Contents

1The Problem Stated1
A Tale of Two Thomases11
The Fate of Two Fathers27
2The Problem Resolved in Principle47
NOMA Defined and Defended49
NOMA Illustrated68
3Historical Reasons for Conflict97
The Contingent Basis for Intensity99
Columbus and the Flat Earth: An Example of the Fallacy of Warfare Between Science and Religion111
Defending NOMA from Both Sides Now: The Struggle Against Modern Creationism125
4Psychological Reasons for Conflict171
Can Nature Nurture Our Hopes?173
Nature's Cold Bath and Darwin's Defense of NOMA191
The Two False Paths of Irenics208
Index223

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Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.