When Worlds Converge: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Story of the Universe and Our Place in It

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Overview

In this book, over 30 prominent scientists, theologians, and philosophers explore three main convergences: the convergence of different sciences to give a coherent story of mankind, religious convergence whereby different traditions work together toward global harmony, and the convergence of science and religion.
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Presentations from the 1999 Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town make up the heart of this volume, in which contributors discuss current scientific ideas on the origin and evolution of life and consciousness, the emerging alliance between religion and ecology, and the relationship between science and religion from different Eastern and Western religious perspectives. Contributors include scientists, theologians, and scholars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812694512
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Part I The Universe Story 1
1 The New Story of the Cosmos 3
2 Life in Our Universe and Others 22
3 Cosmochemistry and the Origin of Life 41
4 The Conscious Universe 59
5 The Probability of Human Origins 73
6 From Ape-Man to Wise-Man 98
7 A Century of Surprises in Human Evolution 108
8 How I Gave up the Ghost and Learned to Love Evolution 136
9 How Close is Science to Understanding Consciousness? 155
10 Cosmology and Religion 163
11 Space and Spirit 187
12 Images of Enlightenment: Slanted Truths 207
Part II The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology 229
13 Beyond the Enlightenment Mentality 231
14 Living in a Universe: Native Cosmologies and the Environment 243
15 Judaism and the Ecological Crisis 261
16 Christianity and Ecological Awareness 273
17 Jainism and Ecology 283
18 Green Buddhism 293
19 Confucian Ethics and the Ecocrisis 310
Part III Science and Religion: Resource and Challenge for Each Other 325
20 A Hindu View on Science and the Spiritual Vision 327
21 Buddhism--an Ally of Science? 338
22 Being Human: A Personal and Mostly Catholic Perspective 343
23 Science and Religion as World-Builders 357
Epilogue: On Convergence 367
This Book's Story 375
About the Authors 381
Index 391
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