Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion

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Basic Books, Feb 2, 2010 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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Consider the complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more awesome to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell at a stroke, or to realize that it evolved with no Almighty Hand, but arose on its own in the changing biosphere?

In this bold and fresh look at science and religion, complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman argues that the qualities of divinity that we revere--creativity, meaning, purposeful action--are properties of the universe that can be investigated methodically. He offers stunning evidence for this idea in an abundance of fields, from cell biology to the philosophy of mind, and uses it to find common ground between belief systems often at odds with one another.

A daring and ambitious argument for a new understanding of natural divinity, Reinventing the Sacred challenges readers both scientifically and philosophically.

 

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Review: Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion

User Review  - Zac - Goodreads

This book lost me when starting to describe natural processes as partially lawless. I have no doubt that novel behaviours emerge at certain levels of complexity, but to say that these phenomena are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul McKee - Goodreads

Makes a strong argument for meaning. Life can be independent from chemicals- Culture isn't determined by our animal origins. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Stuart A. Kauffman is Visiting Professor at Harvard Divinity School and Professor at the University of Calgary. He is the founding director of the Institute for Biocomplexity and Informatics. He is the author of The Origins of Order and At Home in the Universe. He lives in Calgary, Canada, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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