It Keeps Me Seeking: The Invitation from Science, Philosophy and Religion

It Keeps Me Seeking: The Invitation from Science, Philosophy and Religion

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Here is a fresh look at how science contributes to the bigger picture of human flourishing, through a collage of science and philosophy, richly illustrated by the authors' own experience and personal reflection. They survey the territory of fundamental physics, machine learning, philosophy of human identity, evolutionary biology, miracles, arguments from design, naturalism, the history of ideas, and more. The natural world can be appreciated not only for itself, but also as an eloquent gesture, a narrative and a pointer beyond itself. Our human journey is not to a theorem or a treatise, but to a meeting which encompasses all our capacities. In this meeting, science is the way to find out about the structure of the physical world of which we are a part, not a means to reduce ourselves and our fellow human beings to mere objects of scrutiny, and still less to attempt the utterly futile exercise of trying to do that to God. We have intellectual permission to be open to the notion that God can be trusted and known. The material world encourages an open-hearted reaching out to something more, with a freedom to seek and to be received by what lies beyond the scope of purely impersonal descriptions and attitudes.

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"This rigorous and wide-ranging discussion of central issues at the interface between science, philosophy and religion reflects the formidable intelligence and insight of the joint authors [They] have thought deeply, conversed widely and articulated coherent ways of making sense of the world that does justice both to the Christian commitment and scientific integrity." — David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer


"[The authors] have produced an eminently readable and profoundly thoughtful and thought-provoking text that takes seriously both the developments of contemporary science and the insights of theistic religion. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" — C. D. Kay, Wofford College, CHOICE connect


"The authors of this wide-ranging book, three committed Christians versed in science and philosophy, explain their perspective with a clarity that will stimulate readers, of any faith or none, who share their wonder at the mystery of existence." — Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal, President of the Royal Society 2005-2010


"The three authors of this book have two important things in common: each is an internationally acclaimed name in one of the most exciting areas of modern physics, the foundations of quantum mechanics and/or the cutting-edge application of it known as quantum information, and each is a devout and unapologetic Christian believer. In this book they try to convey, in simple language which requires no background expertise in either quantum physics or theology, the ways in which for them the latter enthusiasm informs, and is informed by, the former." — Sir Anthony Leggett, Nobel Prize in Physics 2003


"Many people believe there ought to be a creative dialogue between science and faith, but don't know how to get started. This book's rare combination of two scientists and a philosopher offers a remarkably fresh approach. The informative and stimulating viewpoints expressed here exemplify the kind of gracious engagement and open-minded discussion of key issues in which many more ought to get involved." — Professor N. T. Wright, University of St Andrews, Bishop of Durham 2003-2010


"With humility and curiosity, the authors seek meaning and purpose through the lenses of science, philosophy and religion, embracing the idea that it's better to have questions you can't answer than answers you can't question." Professor Max Tegmark, MIT, author of Life 3.0: Being Human in the age of AI


"A rallying call for the quests to find meaning on both the physical and the spiritual planes to join hands."— Rolf Heuer, President of the German Physical Society, Director General of CERN 2009-2015


"A truly beautiful invitation to look at how science and faith can work together to further our desire for God." — Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198808282
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,225,018
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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