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Science, Religion, and the Meaning of Life
 
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Science, Religion, and the Meaning of Life
 
 
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07 Nov 2006
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Have evolution, science and the trappings of the modern world killed off God irrevocably? And what do we lose if we choose not to believe in him? From Newton and Descartes to Darwin and the discovery of the genome, religion has been pushed back further and further while science has gained ground. But what fills the void that religion leaves behind? This book is an attempt to look at these questions and to suggest a third way between the easy consolations of religion and the persuasive force of science that the everyday modern reader can engage with.


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Have evolution, science and the trappings of the modern world killed off God irrevocably? And what do we lose if we choose not to believe in him? From Newton and Descartes to Darwin and the discovery of the genome, religion has been pushed back further and further while science has gained ground. But what fills the void that religion leaves behind? This book is an attempt to look at these questions and to suggest a third way between the easy consolations of religion and the persuasive force of science that the everyday modern reader can engage with.


Reviews


'At last, a well-written and well-reasoned defense of agnosticism that one can sign on to regardless of prior religious or non-religious commitments...I recommend this work be read by skeptics and believers alike.' - Michael Shermer, Publisher of Skeptic magazine and author of How We Believe

'For twenty years I have been waiting for a book that exposes the empty certainties of religious fundamentalism and its secular twin: scientific triumphalism. Mark Vernon has delivered that and much, much more. Mystery and doubt are elevated to where they should be: at the very heart of what it is to be human. Savour this as a wonderful gift.' - Mark Dowd, broadcaster and film-maker

'Encouraging us to widen our imagination and to open our lives to a sense of wonder, Mark Vernon is convinced, in the tradition of Socrates, that we achieve this by avoiding the certainties of faith and the rigidities of atheism. Believers and non-believers will find this a richly rewarding read' - John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford
'Philosophically erudite, yet engagingly personal, Vernon's book presents a fluent account of his spiritual journey towards agnosticism'. - John Cottingham, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, and author of On the Meaning of Life and The Spiritual Dimension

'Fewer and fewer of us, at least in post-Christian Britain, are committed churchgoing believers; few of us on the other hand are militant atheists; which means that there is plenty of space between for people with a sense of wonder at scientific discoveries and an appreciation of art, music and philosophy: Mark Vernon's rich, moving and entertaining account of 'Christian agnosticism' is exactly what they have been waiting for.' - Fergus Kerr, Honorary Fellow in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh

'...this book is more than a well-reasoned argument for agnosticism; it is a timely reminder of the recognition of human limits, in all areas, and a suggestion that the possibility of living within the mystery that is the world can be a good thing.' - Robert L. Smith, Jr. - International Journal of Public Theology

'The strength of the book...is in challenging false certainties, whether pseudo-scientific or pseudo-religious.' - Dolan Cummings - The Institute of Ideas

'This is a well-argued statement of a fairly systematic agnosticism flavoured with a personal story.' - Robin Bennett, The Friend


'Vernon's skill as a writer and his training in both theology and physics make him well equipped to write on the relationship between science, religion and the meaning of life.' - Paul Richardson, Church of England Newspaper
 
'...there is much interesting and wide-ranging material here on cosmology, scientists, paradigm shifts, wonderment, and the secularization of religion.' - Theology


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Socrates' Quest: The Beginning of Wisdom
Cosmologists and Darwinists: The Limits of Science
Visions of Reality: Science and Wonder
Bad Faith: Religion as Certainty
Christian Agnosticism: Learned Ignorance
Following Socrates: A Philosophical Way of Life
How to be an Agnostic
Further Reading and References
Index


Authors

MARK VERNON is a writer, broadcaster, blogger (www.philosophyandlife.com) and journalist. He published Business: The Key Concepts with Routledge in 2002 as well as chapters on philosophy in various academic books. He was a priest in the Church of England 1994-1996 and holds a PhD in Philosophy from Warwick University, UK. He is the author The Philosophy of Friendship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).