Science and the World's Religions
Science and religion are diametrically opposed, and being an adherent to both disciplines is mutually exclusive—this is what conventional "wisdom" would indicate. But what if both science and religion can make vital contributions to our understanding of reality and human life? This work provides invaluable insights for those who struggle to unite their spiritual instincts and their scientifically based knowledge.
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This trio of volumes contains essays that explore vital existential, moral, or metaphysical issues surrounding the relationship between the sciences and the world's religions.
In Science and the World's Religions, experts with scientific and religious backgrounds explore vital existential or practical issues, drawing on whatever sciences are relevant and engaging at least two religious traditions. The multidisciplinary essays exhibit rigorous intellectual, scholarly thinking but are written to clearly communicate to educated adult lay readers.
The first volume addresses questions about the origins and purpose of the cosmos and the human project. The second volume investigates the roles of religion and spirituality in human existence, considering issues ranging from the brain and religious experience to the human life cycle. The third volume tackles controversies in which both religion and science are stakeholders, showing how both can deepen understanding and enrich human experience. Together, these three books present readers with powerful tools that enable them to think through the challenge of integrating science with their religious beliefs and spiritual practices.
- Goes beyond traditional science and religion "dialogue" to enact science and religion integration on issues of critical importance to people's everyday lives
- Addresses intellectually exciting and existentially bracing issues from beginning to end
- Provides perspectives and insights that are richly and responsibly informed by multiple sciences and religions
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"Fascinating and highly recommended for circulating collections; as the editors admit, this work is ‘full of ideas that need to be digested slowly.' "
"The groundbreaking studies offered in these volumes consider various aspects of religion and science. . . . More recently, religionists and scientists of various persuasions have produced fascinating interdisciplinary research that has provoked lively new discussions and insights. These volumes significantly update recent dialogue."
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