The Varieties of Scientific Experience

A Personal View of the Search for God

Author: Carl Sagan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101201831

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Carl Sagan's prophetic vision of the tragic resurgence of fundamentalism and the hope-filled potential of the next great development in human spirituality The late great astronomer and astrophysicist describes his personal search to understand the nature of the sacred in the vastness of the cosmos. Exhibiting a breadth of intellect nothing short of astounding, Sagan presents his views on a wide range of topics, including the likelihood of intelligent life on other planets, creationism and so-called intelligent design, and a new concept of science as "informed worship." Originally presented at the centennial celebration of the famous Gifford Lectures in Scotland in 1985 but never published, this book offers a unique encounter with one of the most remarkable minds of the twentieth century.
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Belly Buttons, Dinosaurs, and Evolution

A Look at Science and the Sacred Stories in Genesis 1-11

Author: Stephen J. Kelly

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477113487

Category: Religion

Page: 109

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Belly Buttons, Dinosaurs, and Evolution explains the sacred stories in Genesis 1-11 in light of the science of evolution and the history of the stories in Genesis 1-11. The world of science and the world of faith use different criteria in their disciplines, yet properly understood, young people need not be in conflict with what they are learning in school and learning from their faith communities.
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Sex, War, and "Sin"

Humanity's Path from the Garden toward the City of a Holy God

Author: James H, Gailey

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630874868

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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An examination of the Hebrew Scriptures reveals the ethical situations in ancient Israel as a structural analysis, and exposes a covenantal triangle that features a dynamic of giving and receiving, taking and paying penalties, as a meme for human relationships. This can be applied to groups as well as individuals and is surprisingly applicable to life in the twenty-first century. Two senses of Law--natural scientific discoveries and the rules laid down by a divine creator--lead to frames for considering these covenantal relationships, and even the existence of Sin. Are we bound to obey the rules laid down by God, or may we decide what is best for us?
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Vast Universe

Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation

Author: Thomas O'Meara

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814680488

Category: Religion

Page: 96

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If we have learned anything from recent advances in cosmology and astronomy, it is that we have only barely begun to comprehend the vastness of our universe and all that it contains. For Christians, this raises some fascinating questions: If there are intelligent beings out there, what would be their relationship to what Christianity claims is a special history on Earth of life with God? Would the fact of persons on other planets banish or modify our understanding of God? Would it reduce the importance of Jesus? What role might goodness and evil play in extraterrestrial civilizations? Might God have incarnated himself among other races of creatures, as he became incarnate as Jesus among us? Respectful of the sciences that disclose the reality of the universe, Thomas O'Meara wonders about good and evil, intelligence and freedom, revelation and life as they might exist in other galaxies. In this book, one possible aspect of the universe we live in meets the perspective of Christian revelation.
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Science, Belief, Intuition

Reflections of a Physician

Author: Lawrence Dh Wood MD PH.D

Publisher: BalboaPress

ISBN: 9781452549613

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

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While building a strong program in Critical Care on foundations of excellence and compassion, Dr. Wood used two methods of inquiry and knowing: Science looked outward with objective, accurate, reproducible measurements to falsify erroneous explanations. Belief looked inward for purpose and meaning, analyzing personal subjective issues, like God, which cannot be falsified for lack of a Godometer. But when verified by the still small voice or intuition, belief creates a spiritual source of knowing akin to the scientific method. Recent books like War of the Worldviews assume science and spirituality are antagonistic; debating which is better is like bringing a knife to a gunfight, for both sides are vulnerable to critique. Science, Belief, Intuition shows how the strengths of one fill the gaps of the other, providing more comprehensive understanding together than either alone.
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The Evolving God

Charles Darwin on the Naturalness of Religion

Author: J. David Pleins

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623568676

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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In focusing on the story of Darwin's religious doubts, scholars too often overlook Darwin's positive contribution to the study of religion. J. David Pleins traces Darwin's journey in five steps. He begins with Darwin's global voyage, where his encounter with religious and cultural diversity transformed his understanding of religion. Surprisingly, Darwin wrestles with serious theological questions even as he uncovers the evolutionary layers of religion from savage roots. Next, we follow Darwin as his doubts about traditional biblical religion take root, affecting his career choice and marriage to Emma Wedgwood. Pleins then examines Darwin's secret notebooks as he searches for a materialist theory of religion. Again, other surprises loom as Darwin's reading of Comte's three stages of religion's development actually predate his reading of Malthus. Pleins explores how Darwin applied his discovery to the realm of ethics by formulating an evolutionary view of the "Golden Rule" in his Descent of Man. Finally, he considers Darwin's later reflections on the religion question, as he wrestled with whether his views led to atheism, agnosticism, or a new kind of theism. The Evolving God concludes by looking at some of the current religious debates surrounding Darwin and suggests the need for a deeper appreciation for Darwin as a religious thinker. Though he grew skeptical of traditional Christian dogma, Darwin made key discoveries concerning the role and function of religion as a natural evolutionary phenomenon.
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Perspectives on Mankind's Search for Meaning

Author: Walter Taminang

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0615219810

Category: Religion

Page: 124

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This is a book with a positive message for a negative world. It is about the spiritual dimension of human experience. In it a precise thinker examines the ways in which we come to know; through science, religion, spirituality, philosophy, through faith, imagination and direct experience. This book examines the various pathways to spiritual understanding, provides sound and convincing arguments for any believer who also respects science, and explains why it is possible for various religions to co-exist peacefully. This is a hopeful, encouraging, and above all mature book, with timely news for a world convinced of its growing sophistication yet constantly displaying its deep anxiety and essential banality. This is a work with a beginning, middle and an end by a practical man of deep faith and unshaken conviction.
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50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

Author: Guy P. Harrison

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616144963

Category: Social Science

Page: 458

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“What would it take to create a world in which fantasy is not confused for fact and public policy is based on objective reality?" asks Neil deGrasse Tyson, science popularizer and author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. "I don't know for sure. But a good place to start would be for everyone on earth to read this book." Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened or that no one ever walked on the moon. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? This down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims will help you set the record straight. The author, a veteran journalist, has not only surveyed a vast body of literature, but has also interviewed leading scientists, explored "the most haunted house in America," frolicked in the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." He is not out simply to debunk unfounded beliefs. Wherever possible, he presents alternative scientific explanations, which in most cases are even more fascinating than the wildest speculation. For example, stories about UFOs and alien abductions lack good evidence, but science gives us plenty of reasons to keep exploring outer space for evidence that life exists elsewhere in the vast universe. The proof for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster may be nonexistent, but scientists are regularly discovering new species, some of which are truly stranger than fiction. Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, this book invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world.
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Godless

How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists

Author: Dan Barker

Publisher: Ulysses Press

ISBN: 156975148X

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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Christianity without God

Moving beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative

Author: Daniel C. Maguire

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 143845404X

Category: Religion

Page: 234

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Argues that Christianity does not require its supernatural aspects. Christianity without an omnipotent god, without a divine savior, without an afterlife? In this bold and hopeful book, theologian Daniel C. Maguire writes that traditional, supernatural aspects of Christianity can be comforting, but are increasingly questionable. A century of scholarly research has not been supportive of the dogmatic triad of personal god, incarnate savior, and life after death. Demonstrating that these beliefs have questionable roots in historical traditions, Maguire argues for a return to that brilliant and revolutionary moral epic of the Hebrew and Christian Bible. Rescued from god, Christianity can offer a realistic global ethic to heal a planet sinking under the effects of our ungrateful mismanagement. “Once again Dan Maguire’s new book is at the cutting edge. Passionate, yet crystal clear, Christianity without God distills the essential Christian message from the mythological and theological accretions that have distorted it. It’s a message we need today, more than ever.” — David R. Loy, author of Awareness Bound and Unbound: Buddhist Essays “For many of us, Maguire’s book will be a kind of homecoming. Someone, at last, has had the courage to write what so many of us have been thinking.” — John C. Raines, author of The Justice Men Owe Women: Positive Resources from World Religions “With immense learning and considerable charm, Daniel Maguire evokes a Christianity freed from dogma, literalism, self-righteousness, and terror. Believers and skeptics alike can delight in what’s left: poetry, morality, a sense of awe and wonder. In a word, humanity.” — Katha Pollitt, author of The Mind-Body Problem: Poems
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