Decoding the Language of God

Author: George C. Cunningham
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The author presents a point-by-point rebuttal to Francis Collins's work The Language of God, arguing that there is no scientifically acceptable evidence to support belief in a personal God and much that discredits it. Original. 10,000 first printing.

God and the Folly of Faith

Author: Victor J. Stenger
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 1616146001
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A thorough and hard-hitting critique that is a must read for anyone interested in the interaction between religion and science. It has become the prevalent view among sociologists, historians, and some theistic scientists that religion and science have never been in serious conflict. Some even claim that Christianity was responsible for the development of science. In a sweeping historical survey that begins with ancient Greek science and proceeds through the Renaissance and Enlightenment to contemporary advances in physics and cosmology, Stenger makes a convincing case that not only is this conclusion false, but Christianity actually held back the progress of science for one thousand years. It is significant, he notes, that the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century occurred only after the revolts against established ecclesiastic authorities in the Renaissance and Reformation opened up new avenues of thought. The author goes on to detail how religion and science are fundamentally incompatible in several areas: the origin of the universe and its physical parameters, the origin of complexity, holism versus reductionism, the nature of mind and consciousness, and the source of morality. In the end, Stenger is most troubled by the negative influence that organized religion often exerts on politics and society. He points out antiscientific attitudes embedded in popular religion that are being used to suppress scientific results on issues of global importance, such as overpopulation and environmental degradation. When religion fosters disrespect for science, it threatens the generations of humanity that will follow ours. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Religion and Reaction

Author: Susan B. Hansen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1442211075
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While the Religious Right has received considerable scholarly attention and media coverage in recent years, the story of the growing number of Secular Americans—those who identify themselves as atheists, agnostics, or as not having any religious ties—has yet to be told. In the first book devoted exclusively to Seculars, Susan B. Hansen argues that they are not only increasing in number and political involvement, but have devised strategies and alliances to counter the organization advantages of the Religious Right and its roots in church-based groups and the Republican party. Case studies of state and local battles over the issues of gay marriage, reproductive rights, and teaching evolution illustrate how Seculars have overcome organizational disadvantages to emerge as significant adversaries to the Religious Right. They have forged alliances with the media, the scientific community, minority groups, the Religious Left, and the Democratic Party to challenge the influence of traditional religious views on American politics and public policy.

Connecting Like Jesus

Author: Tony Campolo
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470730706
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A hands-on resource for all Christians who want to communicate with more passion and power. Tony Campolo and Mary Albert Darling have teamed up to explore the dynamic connection that occurs when spirituality/spiritual practices are combined with effective communication practices. Churches and other religious organizations depend on the ability of their leaders and members to communicate (speak, teach, and preach) within their congregations and beyond. This important, practical guide will reveal Campolo's preaching secrets and Darling's wise counsel as a professor of communication. Includes interviews with prominent Christian leaders and thinkers Written by two experts on the topic of communication and spirituality Tony Campolo is one of America's most remarkable and beloved Christian communicators This is a key resource written for any Christian who would like to become a more skilled and spiritually mature communicator.

Race Decoded

Author: Catherine Bliss
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804782059
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In 2000, with the success of the Human Genome Project, scientists declared the death of race in biology and medicine. But within five years, many of these same scientists had reversed course and embarked upon a new hunt for the biological meaning of race. Drawing on personal interviews and life stories, Race Decoded takes us into the world of elite genome scientists—including Francis Collins, director of the NIH; Craig Venter, the first person to create a synthetic genome; and Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence, among others—to show how and why they are formulating new ways of thinking about race. In this original exploration, Catherine Bliss reveals a paradigm shift, both at the level of science and society, from colorblindness to racial consciousness. Scientists have been fighting older understandings of race in biology while simultaneously promoting a new grand-scale program of minority inclusion. In selecting research topics or considering research design, scientists routinely draw upon personal experience of race to push the public to think about race as a biosocial entity, and even those of the most privileged racial and social backgrounds incorporate identity politics in the scientific process. Though individual scientists may view their positions differently—whether as a black civil rights activist or a white bench scientist—all stakeholders in the scientific debates are drawing on memories of racial discrimination to fashion a science-based activism to fight for social justice.

The Isaiah Effect

Author: Gregg Braden
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 9780307565853
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Seventeen hundred years ago, key elements of our ancient heritage were lost, relegated to the esoteric traditions of mystery schools and sacred orders. Among the most empowering of the forgotten elements are references to a science with the power to bring everlasting healing to our bodies and initiate an unprecedented era of peace and cooperation between governments and nations. In his groundbreaking new book, The Isaiah Effect, Gregg Braden turns to the Isaiah Scroll, perhaps the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in 1946, to offer insight into a powerful form of ancient prayer. In The Isaiah Effect, Braden, author of Awakening to Zero Point and Walking Between the Worlds, combines research in quantum physics with the works of the prophet Isaiah and the ancient Essenes. He demonstrates how prophecies of global catastrophe and suffering may only represent future possibilities, rather than forecast impending doom, and that we have the power to influence those possibilities. In addition to describing multiple futures, the Isaiah texts take us one step further, clearly describing the science of how we choose our futures. Tracing key words of Isaiah's text back to their original language, we discover how he taught a mode of prayer that was lost to the West during Biblical editing in the fourth century. Braden offers detailed accounts of how elements of this mode of prayer have been applied in a variety of situations, ranging from healing life-threatening conditions to entire villages using collective prayer to prevail during the 1998 fires in southern Peru. In each instance, the correlation between the offering of the prayer and a shift of the events in question was beyond coincidence--the prayers had measurable effects! As modern science continues to validate a relationship between our outer and inner worlds, it becomes more likely that a forgotten bridge links the world of our prayers with that of our experience. Each time we engage ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities with Isaiah's life-affirming message of hope, we secure nothing less than our future and the future of the only home we know. From the Hardcover edition.

Anarchie und Evolution

Author: Greg Graffin
Publisher: Riva Verlag
ISBN: 3864131103
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Viele kennen Greg Graffin als Frontmann der Punkrockband Bad Religion. Nur wenige wissen, dass er ein naturwissenschaftliches Studium mit dem Doktorgrad abgeschlossen hat und an der Universität von Kalifornien in Los Angeles Evolutionsbiologie lehrt. In War Darwin ein Punk? schlägt Graffin eine Brücke zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft. Als Jugendlicher - in einer Zeit, als er "jede Nacht Drogen, Sex und Ärger hätte haben können" - entdeckte Graffin, dass das Studium der Evolution ihm eine Grundstruktur für den Sinn des Lebens aufzeigte. In diesem provokanten und sehr persönlichen Buch beschreibt er seine Reifung als Künstler und die Entwicklung seiner naturalistischen Weltanschauung. Während der Streit zwischen Religion und Wissenschaft häufig aus extremen Blickwinkeln dargestellt wird, zeigt sein Buch neue, detaillierte Einsichten zu der immerwährenden Debatte um Atheismus und den Sinn des Lebens. Es ist ein Buch für jeden, der sich schon einmal gefragt hat, ob Gott wirklich existiert.