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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The one problem with the book appears to be an essential main point for Stephen Jay Gould. The idea that the moral relativism of religion is somehow superior to any other attempt at morality cannot be ... Read full review

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Stephen Jay Gould (SJG) promotes the idea of non overlapping magisteria (NOMA),a kind of compromise between the 'warring' philosophies of science and religion. While I certainly like the author's ... Read full review


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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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