Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life

Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life Author : Steve Stewart-Williams
Release : 2010-09-30
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN : 1139490990
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If you accept evolutionary theory, can you also believe in God? Are human beings superior to other animals, or is this just a human prejudice? Does Darwin have implications for heated issues like euthanasia and animal rights? Does evolution tell us the purpose of life, or does it imply that life has no ultimate purpose? Does evolution tell us what is morally right and wrong, or does it imply that ultimately 'nothing' is right or wrong? In this fascinating and intriguing book, Steve Stewart-Williams addresses these and other fundamental philosophical questions raised by evolutionary theory and the exciting new field of evolutionary psychology. Drawing on biology, psychology and philosophy, he argues that Darwinian science supports a view of a godless universe devoid of ultimate purpose or moral structure, but that we can still live a good life and a happy life within the confines of this view.

On the Meaning of Life

On the Meaning of Life Author : John Cottingham
Release : 2003
Publisher : Psychology Press
ISBN : 9780415247993
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The question 'What is the meaning of life?' is one of the oldest and most difficult questions we have ever asked ourselves. John Cottingham asks why we are so preoccupied with this question and assesses some attempts to answer it.

Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism

Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism Author : Whitley R.P. Kaufman
Release : 2016-06-22
Publisher : Springer
ISBN : 1137592885
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This book compares two competing theories of human nature: the more traditional theory espoused in different forms by centuries of western philosophy and the newer, Darwinian model. In the traditional view, the human being is a hybrid being, with a lower, animal nature and a higher, rational or “spiritual” component. The competing Darwinian account does away with the idea of a higher nature and attempts to provide a complete reduction of human nature to the evolutionary goals of survival and reproduction. Whitley Kaufman presents the case that the traditional conception, regardless of one's religious views or other beliefs, provides a superior account of human nature and culture. We are animals, but we are also rational animals. Kaufman explores the most fundamental philosophical questions as they relate to this debate over human nature—for example: Is free will an illusion? Is morality a product of evolution, with no objective basis? Is reason merely a tool for promoting reproductive success? Is art an adaptation for attracting mates? Is there any higher meaning or purpose to human life? Human Nature and the Limits of Darwinism aims to assess the competing views of human nature and present a clear account of the issues on this most pressing of questions. It engages in a close analysis of the numerous recent attempts to explain all human aims in terms of Darwinian processes and presents the arguments in support of the traditional conception of human nature.

A Meaning to Life

A Meaning to Life Author : Michael Ruse
Release : 2019-03-15
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN : 0190933240
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Does human life have any meaning? Does the question even make sense today? For centuries, the question of the meaning or purpose of human life was assumed by scholars and theologians to have a religious answer: life has meaning because humans were made in the image of a good god. In the 19th century, however, Charles Darwin's theory of evolution changed everything-and the human organism was seen to be more machine than spirit. Ever since, with the rise of science and decline of religious belief, there has been growing interest - and growing doubt - about whether human life really does have meaning. If it does, where might we find it? The historian and philosopher of science Michael Ruse investigates this question, and wonders whether we can find a new meaning to life within Darwinian views of human nature. If God no longer exists-or if God no longer cares-rather than promoting a bleak nihilism, many Darwinians think we can convert Darwin into a form of secular humanism. Ruse explains that, in a tradition going back to the time of Darwin himself, and represented today by the evolutionist E. O. Wilson, evolution is seen as progress -- "from monad to man" - and that positive meaning is found in continuing and supporting this upwards path of life. In A Meaning to Life, Michael Ruse argues that this is a false turn, and there is no real progress in the evolutionary process. Rather, meaning in the Darwinian age can be found if we turn to a kind of Darwinian existentialism, seeing our evolved human nature as the source of all meaning, both in the intellectual and social worlds. Ruse argues that it is only by accepting our true nature - evolved over millennia - that humankind can truly find what is meaningful.

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth Author : Philip Appleman
Release : 2014-08-08
Publisher : Quantuck Lane Press& the Mill rd
ISBN : 9781593720575
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For anyone pondering the meaning of life, this wide-ranging book will be a helpful companion.

Dawkins' GOD

Dawkins' GOD Author : Alister E. McGrath
Release : 2013-06-05
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
ISBN : 1118724917
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Alister E. McGrath is one of the world’s leading theologians, with a doctorate in the sciences. Richard Dawkins is one of the bestselling popular science writers, with outspoken and controversial views on religion. This fascinating and provoking work is the first book-length response to Dawkins’ ideas, and offers an ideal introduction to the topical issues of science and religion. Addresses fundamental questions about Dawkins’ approach to science and religion: Is the gene actually selfish? Is the blind watchmaker a suitable analogy? Are there other ways of looking at things? Tackles Dawkins’ hostile and controversial views on religion, and examines the religious implications of his scientific ideas, making for a fascinating and provoking debate Written in a very engaging and accessible style, ideal to those approaching scientific and religious issues for the first time Alister McGrath is uniquely qualified to write this book. He is one of the world’s best known and most respected theologians, with a strong research background in molecular biophysics A superb book by one of the world’s leading theologians, which will attract wide interest in the growing popular science market, similar to Susan Blackmore’s The Meme Machine (1999).

The Ape that Understood the Universe

The Ape that Understood the Universe Author : Steve Stewart-Williams
Release : 2019-11-21
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN : 1108776035
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The Ape that Understood the Universe is the story of the strangest animal in the world: the human animal. It opens with a question: How would an alien scientist view our species? What would it make of our sex differences, our sexual behavior, our altruistic tendencies, and our culture? The book tackles these issues by drawing on two major schools of thought: evolutionary psychology and cultural evolutionary theory. The guiding assumption is that humans are animals, and that like all animals, we evolved to pass on our genes. At some point, however, we also evolved the capacity for culture - and from that moment, culture began evolving in its own right. This transformed us from a mere ape into an ape capable of reshaping the planet, travelling to other worlds, and understanding the vast universe of which we're but a tiny, fleeting fragment. Featuring a new foreword by Michael Shermer.

Making Sense of Evolution

Making Sense of Evolution Author : John F. Haught
Release : 2010
Publisher : Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN : 066423285X
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Haught offers a provocative take on how reconciliation between evolution and Christian theology might begin, and questions whether the two concepts must be mutually exclusive.

Evolution, Morality, and the Meaning of Life

Evolution, Morality, and the Meaning of Life Author : Jeffrie G. Murphy
Release : 1982
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
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Based on a series of lectures delivered at the University of Virginia in October 1981. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Discover

Discover Author :
Release : 2005-07
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Science, Religion, and the Meaning of Life

Science, Religion, and the Meaning of Life Author : Mark Vernon
Release : 2007-01-23
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN : 9780230013414
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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.

Science, Religion, and the Meaning of Life

Science, Religion, and the Meaning of Life Author : M. Vernon
Release : 2006-11-07
Publisher : Springer
ISBN : 0230624898
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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.

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life Author : Tom Gregory
Release : 2000
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ISBN : 9780967277677
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Darwinism and the Divine

Darwinism and the Divine Author : Alister E. McGrath
Release : 2013-05-20
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
ISBN : 1118697774
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Darwinism and the Divine examines the implications ofevolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time ofpublication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species tocurrent debates on creationism and intelligent design. Questions whether Darwin's theory of natural selection reallyshook our fundamental beliefs, or whether they served to transformand illuminate our views on the origins and meaning of life Identifies the forms of natural theology that emerged in19th-century England and how they were affected by Darwinism The most detailed study yet of the intellectual background toWilliam Paley's famous and influential approach to naturaltheology, set out in 1802 Brings together material from a variety of disciplines,including the history of ideas, historical and systematic theology,evolutionary biology, anthropology, sociology, and the cognitivescience of religion Considers how Christian belief has adapted to Darwinism, andasks whether there is a place for design both in the world ofscience and the world of theology A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views onevolutionary thought and natural theology, written by theworld-renowned theologian and bestselling author

Bridging Science and Religion

Bridging Science and Religion Author : Gaymon Bennett
Release : 2002
Publisher : SCM Press
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Many books on science and religion tend to be dominated by Christian positions. This book is unique for its timely comparative dimension, and brings Islamic, Jewish and Hindu contributions to the debate. The essays emerge from the very prestigious Centre for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley. The book brings together a number of distinguished contributors from the sciences, comparative philosophy and religious studies to address some of the most important current themes in the interplay of science and religion. The book is divided into three sections: part 1 establishes a method for the proposed dialogue between science and religion; part 2 lays down the scientific challenge to religion from the perspective of neuroscience, genetics, evolutionary theory and natural law; and part 3 offers a religious response to modern science from various interfaith perspectives. An extensive bibliography points students towards further reading.

A History of Psychology

A History of Psychology Author : Thomas Hardy Leahey
Release : 1997
Publisher :
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Covering such recent developments as the founding of the American Psychology Society and the impact of connectionism, the author provides a narrative history of psychology that includes the social, political and philosophical contexts which have shaped psychology and which psychology has shaped in turn. A full chapter on the philosophy of science and historiography as they relate to psychology completes the picture. Detailed timelines appear on the end papers to further readers' understanding of the historical contexts of developments in psychology. Chapter ending bibliographies direct students to further reading as well as providing critical discussion of historiographic materials.

What If? in a Rental Car

What If? in a Rental Car Author : Casimir J. Bonk
Release : 2004
Publisher : Trafford Publishing
ISBN : 1412023823
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What is life all about? Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? To answer these questions, a search for the meaning of life is essential. How does one perform such a search which must be objective to be meaningful? This guide takes the reader on an imaginary auto trip in search of the answers, urging participation with questions and opinions to individualize the answers. Defining the meaning of life is the problem to be solved for peace of mind. A method based on engineering principles is used to solve this philosophical problem. The "what if" method analyzes the pros and the cons of the existence of the soul, a hereafter, God and the divinity of Christ to evaluate the consequences of acceptance or denial on one's approach to life. Flow diagrams are used to clarify this dualism. An analogy of the use of a rental car is especially significant in clarifying the relationship of the soul to the human body, and the reason why behavior in human relations is the only allowable discrimination. Science and the modern culture are reluctant to admit and deal with the spiritual universe, thereby denying its existence. The search for the meaning of life includes the spiritual issues by integrating them into the physical existence of the universe and the human being. A concept of the Big Picture with original views completes the trip. It proposes how the spiritual and physical forces cooperated in the evolution of the universe from before the Big Bang. This unified and logically compatible approach solves some of the controversial issues about how we became what we are. For more information please go to: www.bonkbooks.com

More Than Darwin

More Than Darwin Author : Randy Moore
Release : 2008
Publisher : Greenwood
ISBN :
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Compiles an up-to-date reference on all of the people and places who have been involved in the evolution and creationism debate.

Inventing the Universe

Inventing the Universe Author : Alister McGrath
Release : 2015-10-08
Publisher : Hachette UK
ISBN : 1444798472
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We just can't stop talking about the big questions around science and faith. They haven't gone away, as some predicted they might; in fact, we seem to talk about them more than ever. Far from being a spent force, religion continues to grow around the world. Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists argue that religion is at war with science - and that we have to choose between them. It's time to consider a different way of looking at these two great cultural forces. What if science and faith might enrich each other? What if they can together give us a deep and satisfying understanding of life? Alister McGrath, one of the world's leading authorities on science and religion, engages with the big questions that Dawkins and others have raised - including origins, the burden of proof, the meaning of life, the existence of God and our place in the universe. Informed by the best and latest scholarship, Inventing the Universe is a groundbreaking new primer for the complex yet fascinating relationship between science and faith.

Competing Truths

Competing Truths Author : Richard J. Coleman
Release : 2001-08
Publisher : Bloomsbury T&T Clark
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Richard Coleman pushes both scientists and theologians past the paradigms of comparison and contrast, opposition and competition, and argues that two disciplines must challenge each other as each seeks to find truth from its own particular tradition.