The Book: Rational Spirituality is divided into four sections, the first three of which deal with the physical sciences, the biological sciences, and the cognitive sciences respectively. This structure comes from the recognition that most people who debate either side of hot-button issues such as evolution, prayer in schools, and abortion have not had a science course for from ten to forty years. Since scientific knowledge doubles every five years, they do not really know what verified knowledge exists about the subject. The final section discusses what it all means.
Each of the first three sections starts with a moderately detailed summary of what is known in that area. The final chapter of the section discusses how this verified knowledge can be used to deepen our insights into the nature of god, humans, and our relationship to other people, animals, and the universe. For example, the social nature of humans can be used as the basis of an ethical system based on only two axioms without referring to a deity.
Cognitive science has shown that most of us learn and remember best that which is presented in narrative form. To take advantage of that, each science chapter starts with a narrative of what is known about a given subject followed by the supporting evidence. The narrative picks up several times within each chapter. The final chapter of the book then weaves the narratives together to present the full story of our knowledge of the universe and our place within it.
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Book Description BioMedical Press, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0976365804