Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life

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Ballantine Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1999 - Philosophy - 241 pages
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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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Review: Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life

User Review  - John Martindale - Goodreads

Gould seems to relegate religion to issues of morality, and argues they need to accept scientific claims that miracles don't and cannot happen and that they violate NOMA (non overlapping magisteria ... Read full review

Review: Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life

User Review  - David - Goodreads

I liked it. It was interesting, but I was never sure it needed to be written. I wonder if those that need to understand the concept of Non-overlapping Magisteria would ever read the book. I think he ... Read full review

Contents

The Problem Resolved in Principle
47
Historical Reasons for Conflict
97
Psychological Reasons for Conflict
171
Copyright

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The author of more than fifteen books, Stephen Jay Gould is also author of the longest-running contemporary series of scientific essays, which appears monthly in Natural History. He is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and professor of geology at Harvard; curator for invertebrate paleontology at the university's Museum of Comparative Zoology; and serves as the Vincent Astor Visiting Professor of Biology at New York University. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, and New York City.

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