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Reinventing the sacred : a new view of science, reason and religion S. Kauffman

Reinventing the sacred : a new view of science, reason and religion

by Stuart A. Kauffman

Consider the woven integrated complexity of a living cell after 3.8 billion years of evolution. Is it more
awe-inspiring to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned the cell, or to consider that the living organism was created by the evolving biosphere? As the eminent complexity theorist Stuart Kauffman explains in this ambitious and groundbreaking new book, people who do not believe in God have largely lost their sense of the sacred and the deep human legitimacy of our inherited spirituality. For those who believe in a Creator God, no science will ever disprove that belief. In Reinventing the Sacred, Kauffman argues that the science of complexity provides a way to move beyond reductionist science to something new: a unified culture where we see God in the creativity of the universe, biosphere, and humanity. Kauffman explains that the ceaseless natural creativity of the world can be a profound source of meaning, wonder, and further grounding of our place in the universe. His theory carries with it a new ethic for an emerging civilization and a reinterpretation of the divine. He asserts that we are impelled by the imperative of life itself to live with faith and courage-and the fact that we do so is indeed sublime. Reinventing the Sacred will change the way we all think about the evolution of humanity, the universe, faith, and reason.


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  • Yas

    Great people and great discussion, the conversations were however off the topic sometimes and it could certainly benefit from the facilitator to control the flow of the conversation

    October 1, 2013

  • Shu-Yan M.

    I enjoyed the discussions. Mostly impressed with individuals of different backgrounds in one room. With a common interest in a serious topic. In Toronto different ethnic backgrounds is taken for granted. But age diversity, not so common. We had plenty of both tonight.

    September 30, 2013

  • Jason

    I have to cancel, but still reading it.

    September 26, 2013

  • Karen C.

    I'm interested in this topic but have not read the book. I would just like to listen in...

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Chris A.

    I will definately be there for this topic. The idea that science and religion or faith are mutually exlusive has baffled me. I think there is room for both. I hope to discuss this further with you folks Monday!!!

    2 · September 25, 2013

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