Rebuilding the Matrix: Science and Faith in the 21st Century

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Zondervan, 2001 - Religion - 510 pages
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Are we just survival machines, evolved for the main purpose of perpetuating our DNA? Where do our ethical principles—which we use to make decisions about the application of science—come from? How can we maintain a sense of meaning and purpose when faced with our transient lives in a vast universe?Science appears to offer one set of answers; Christianity, another. The two seem set in a perpetual attack-and-defend stance against each other. But is the difference as irreconcilable as we’ve been led to believe? Unfortunately, the most vigorous public responses to this question have come from radicals on either side of the spectrum. The result, says author Denis Alexander, has been “an unnecessary polarization between science and religion in which more moderate voices have often been drowned out by the media attention given to extremist positions.” In Rebuilding the Matrix, Dr. Alexander speaks for the “silent majority” of working scientists who are tired of the radical rhetoric and critical of the abuse of science for ideological purposes. This book promotes dialogue among scientists across the whole range among professionals, from atheistic evolutionists to young-earth creationists. Full of new insights and fresh perspectives, it is thorough, yet also accessible to anyone interested in issues of faith and science. Alexander offers evidence that a much greater part of the Western scientific community allows for theism than the media suggest. Rebuilding the Matrix draws on sociologists, historians of science, philosophers, scientists, and theologians to provide an overview of the varied ways in which faith and science interact. Beginning by laying historical groundwork, the book moves on to tackle such key questions as: · How do scientific and religious knowledge relate? · Does evolution have any religious significance? · Can ethics be derived from evolutionary biology? · Does the anthropic principle support religious belief? · Are miracles strictly unbelievable?Rebuilding a “theistic framework for science”—the matrix to which the title alludes—is no easy task. But as you will discover, there are compelling reasons to make the effort. Rebuilding the Matrix is an informed, refreshing, and thought-provoking exploration into some of the biggest issues of our time.
  

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User Review  - Marci - Goodreads

The author seems to hold Christians who want to do science to a different standard than he holds scientists with other preconceived theories and hypotheses, and generally seems somewhat hostile to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Frank Peters - Goodreads

This is, I believe the best book written on science and faith. It is from a Christian perspective and seeks to eliminate many of the current myths about the (non-existent) conflict between science and ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
6
Science and Savages
32
Gods Funeral Science Triumphant?
46
The Bridge to Disenchantment
64
Aristotles Ghost
108
Hubbles Warning
140
The Warfare Merchants
177
Reweaving the Rainbow
220
The Fox and the Hedgehog
330
Determined to Love?
360
King of Infinite Space?
407
Impossible Events
426
Science with a Human Face
458
Endnotes
474
Index of Names
499
Copyright

Headquarters Nights
289

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About the author (2001)

Denis Alexander is director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. Dr. Alexander is also a senior affiliated scientist at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge, where for many years he was chair of the Molecular Immunology Program.

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