Biology and the Riddle of Life
Charles Birch considers fundamental questions about Life and the relationship between science and religion. Questions such as: What is Life? What does it mean to be alive? Is God necessary? Birch shows that viewing the world as a realm of experience rather than as a collection of objects allows one to come to a naturalistic understanding of God which is very different from traditional religious notions.
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