A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature

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InterVarsity Press, 12 лип. 2006 р. - 257 стор.
Meaningful or meaningless? Purposeful or pointless? When we look at nature, whether at our living earth or into deepest space, what do we find? In stark contrast to contemporary claims that the world is meaningless, Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and purpose. Their journey begins with Shakespeare and ranges through Euclid's geometry, the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the periodic table of the elements, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the irreducible drama of scientific exploration itself. Along the way, Wiker and Witt fashion a robust argument from evidence in nature, one that rests neither on religious presuppositions nor on a simplistic view of nature as the best of all possible worlds. In their exploration of the cosmos, Wiker and Witt find all the challenges and surprises, all of the mystery and elegance one expects from a work of genius.
 

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Acknowledgments
9
Prologue
11
Meaningfullness and Meaninglessness
15
Hamlet and the Search for Meaning
30
Shakespeare and the Elements of Genius
58
The Geometry of Genius
83
The Periodic Table A Masterpiece of Many Authors
111
A Cosmic Home Designed For Discovery
148
The Genius of the Elements
170
The Reemergence of the Living Cell
194
The Restoration of the Living Organism
220
The End of the Matter A Meaningful World
241
Index
253
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Benjamin Wiker (Ph.D., Vanderbilt) is lecturer in theology and science at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He is also a senior fellow of Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. His work has appeared in such publications as Crisis, First Things, National Catholic Register and the New Oxford Review. He is the author of Moral Darwinism.

Jonathan Witt (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is senior fellow and writer in residence at Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. He was formerly associate professor at Lubbock Christian University. He has published articles in Touchstone, Literature Theology, Windover, Princeton Theological Review and Philosophia Christi.

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