Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion

Kauffman, S (2010) Reinventing the SacredA New View of Science, Reason, and Religion 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, people who do not believe in God have largely lost their sense of the sacred and the deep human legitimacy of our inherited spirituality. 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. He 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.

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