The Liberation of Life: From the Cell to the Community

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CUP Archive, Jan 10, 1985 - Science - 363 pages
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This book is about the liberation of the concept of life from the bondage fashioned by the interpreters of life ever since biology began, and about the liberation of the life of humans and non-humans alike from the bondage of social structures and behaviour, which now threatens the fullness of life's possibilities if not survival itself. It falls into a tradition of writings about human problems from a perspective informed by biology. It rejects the mechanistic model of life dominant in the Western world and develops an alternative 'ecological model' which is applicable to the life of the cell and the life of the human community. For the first time it brings together in one work the insights of modern biology with those of a modern holistic philosophy and a liberal theology in a way which challenges conventional approaches to science, agriculture, sociology, politics, economics, development and liberation movements.
 

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A Must read for any process philosopher or process theologian.

Contents

Molecular organismic and population ecology
11
Evolution
44
Models of the living
66
The human and the natural
97
Faith in life
176
The biological manipulation of human life
203
A just and sustainable world
234
Economic development in ecological perspective
265
Rural and urban development in ecological perspective
296
References
332
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About the author (1985)

Dr. Charles Birch has been an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney since 1983. In 1961 he was honored as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1980. He became a member of the Club of Rome in 1980 and is an Honorary Life Fellow of the British Ecological Society. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Ecological Society of America. The Eminent Ecologist Award was presented to him in 1988 and he was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1990. Birch is a member of the Center for Process Studies, the American Center for a Post Modern World, and the World Council of Churches. Dr. Charles Birch has written nine books and sixty publications on science, religion, and human existence. He lives in Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia.

John B. Cobb Jr. is professor emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology and founding codirector of the Center for Process Studies. Among his many books are A Christian Natural Theology and (with Charles Birch) The Liberation of Life.

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