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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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

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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User Review  - Nick Cincotta - Goodreads

Sadly Gould was taken from us too soon. He makes you think as you read this book about your own beliefs and what your beliefs stand. I primarily saw myself as someone interested in science. In reading ... 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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