Everybody's story: wising up to the epic of evolution
Human beings are compelled to create myths and epics to explain our pasts and presents, but Rue (religion and philosophy, Luther College) argues that stories such as the Biblical epic of creation have become irrelevant and implausible. He offers an alternative epic, based upon the best empirical knowledge of today, in an attempt to fill the gap. As he puts it, he is participating in the "important work of constructing a new wisdom tradition that couples an evolutionary cosmology to an ecocentric morality". The book details what story traditions are and why we need a new one; gives an account of evolution of matter, life, and consciousness; suggests that the continuation of life is the most important goal and how we can create a story that will reflect both the science and morality of our culture.
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The Organization of Matter
The Organization of Consciousness
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