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Science and Religion at the Crossroads

Science and Religion at the Crossroads
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A second, enlarged edition of this book is being prepared for publication, date of issue uncertain, hopefully early 2018.

Contents:

Part 1: At The Crossroads

Part 2: Looking Forward: Neoscience

Part 3: Looking Forward: Neotheology

Part 4: Striking Out

This book is about evolution and the future of the human family, but more particularly about the future of science and religion. Both, it argues, are in a critical and unstable state - at a crossroads - because both are now facing paradigmatic change. The collection of papers which make up the book deal with different aspects of the change required, and while its prime intention is to raise awareness, in some places it does suggest useful, even necessary, answers to the problems that are identified. Some of the papers are revised versions of previous talks and articles, some have been written specially for this volume to fill in gaps and tie complex themes into a unity. Inevitably, there was some repetition in the originals, and this has been largely edited out, but occasionally left in deliberately where it seemed to give useful emphasis.

The title of the book was chosen to indicate that both science and religion now find themselves at a point of decision, where difficult choices must be made. Though both still retain social authority, they are losing prestige and moral influence, albeit for different reasons, and since there is no way back, the only way is forward, by facing up to new discoveries for which explanation cannot be found within the current framework of understanding. Upon inspection it will be found that many of the problems now arising are common to both science and religion and, as always, identifying them takes us more than half way to their solutions. What we are learning about cosmic and biological evolution, about brain function and the historical origin of religion must stir curiosity in all but the most reactionary scientist and religionist. Somewhere in this vast, and growing, area of knowledge a new definition of the traditional "God" must be found and a post-Cartesian definition of science, able to encompass a reality beyond its traditional three dimensions.

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“Reinventing the Human Species: An Evolutionary Crossroads”

A New Renaissance
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in A New Renaissance: Transforming Science, Spirit and Society.

Edited by David Lorimer and Oliver Robinson.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, 2010.

This is one of a collection of essays commissioned by the Scientific and Medical Network, seeking, as the book title indicates, individual perspectives on the kind of transformation that the world now needs.

The collection covers a wide selection of views, including those of well known futurists, such as Ervin Laszlo, Larry Dossey, Rupert Sheldrake, HRH the Prince of Wales, Peter Russell and Guy Claxton.

 

 

 

The Global Energy Trap

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The “global energy trap” of the title refers to the fact that our civilization has been built on energy derived from fossil fuels and when these are exhausted there must be a collapse of some kind. However, long before we have run them down to exhaustion we shall have pushed atmospheric pollution and global warming beyond a tipping point. In this situation there is no rational choice except to develop clean, renewable energy sources with all deliberate haste. How this can be done is the central theme of the book. Although the answer is largely one of innovative engineering, other social and economic factors must be taken into account, and the book is written for the general reader who is interested in all aspects of this problem, which is becoming increasingly urgent.


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The Power We Call God

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This small book was originally written for a Quaker research group but has a more universal theme. It starts from the observable fact that war is endemic in the human species and almost all wars are either for territory or arise from different conceptions of the unknown entity that we call “God”.  We slaughter each other in the name of God and for the love of God, with Crusades or Jihad. In the Old Testament Yahweh, or Jehovah, gave the land of Palestine to the Jews and specifically commanded them to commit genocide on its then inhabitants. The baneful effects of that myth are, alas, still with us. If we are to have any hope of breaking the overlapping circles of global violence we need to know how the idea of God began and how it has morphed over the centuries. Science has opened up new theological questions, particularly with the evidence for a Big Bang, essentially a moment of creation of the 3D universe, leading to a plausible theory that there was a primordial creating force of some kind. What can we know about this and how relevant is it to our lives? These are the themes which the book takes first steps to develop and reaches some surprising conclusions.

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