Dancing with the Sacred: Evolution, Ecology, and God

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"Karl Peters, culminating a lifetime of leadership in the science and religion dialogue, offers a rare combination of both theory and practice, the learned and the existential. Here is an exemplary role model of participating in the creative process — what Peters metaphorically calls 'dancing with the sacred.'" — Holmes Rolston, University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University>

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Karl E. Peters is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, and President of the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science.

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“If you wish to understand the mind of a scholar who has spent his life teaching and writing on naturalist theism in a scientific age, this is your book....This clearly written book offers the finest personal exposition of the school of naturalist theism that dominates the writings of many contemporary intellectuals and scientists.” –James F. Salmon, S. J., Theological Studies, Vol. 65, No. 3, September 2004 (Theological Studies)

"Karl Peters, culminating a lifetime of leadership in the science and religion dialogue, offers a rare combination of both theory and practice, the learned and the existential. Here is an exemplary role model of participating in the creative process—what Peters metaphorically calls ‘dancing with the sacred.’ He creatively couples evolution with ecology, nature with culture. His insights are especially of value when, with his "naturalistic God," the music is in a minor key." (Holmes Rolston)

"Dancing with the Sacred" is a sensitive analysis of the problems facing humankind in the realm of ecology and evolution. It is written from a religious perspective but in a way that should be of interest and appeal to all. Highly recommended!"Michael RuseLucyle T Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University (Michael Ruse)

"In this book, Karl Peters makes his greatest contribution to the growing body of important work that goes by the name "Empirical Theology". Both his method and his wisdom deserve careful attention. Most of all, he offers an honest theology, and in so doing he speaks to the hearts, as well as the minds, of his readers."—Philip Hefner, Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, July 8, 2002 (Philip Hefner Lutheran School Of Theology At Chicago)

"There is much wisdom in this book. In a careful thought-through and beautifully written presentation of a faith-stance for today, Karl Peters shows the profoundly religious meaning of modern scientific understandings of ordering of life on Earth into which we humans must fit ourselves. As he makes clear in his careful exposition - in straightforward non-technical language dotted with good illustrations and striking quotations - thinking of God as the creativity manifest throughout the cosmos (instead of as the Creator apart from the world) opens up resources for rich religious reflection and profound experience; and it provides significant guidance for life in today's world. Highly recommended for college classes and for others interested in the issues the modern sciences pose for religion." Gordon D. KaufmanMallinckrodt Professor of Divinity, Emeritus Harvard University (Gordon D. Kaufman)

"In a much-awaited volume, Karl Peters has given us an insightful, sensitive, and personal look at evolution and the nature of Fod. The result is a milestone—a highly readable and warmly recommended work that reveals a lifetime of thought and action at the interface of religion and science."Eric Chaissonauthor of The Rise to Complexity in Nature (Eric Chaisson)

"In this inspiring theological meditation, Peters, a former editor of Zygon, proposes a fresh version of theological naturalism. He is trying to find out what credibility religion and theology might have in an age of science, especially now that the ideas of cosmic and biological evolution have become preeminent...Even though some readers will question aspects of Peter's theological naturalism, they will be deeply moved and challenged by this informed, disarming book."—John F. Haught, Theology Today, April 2003 (John F. Haught)

"Here is a readable, engaging presentation of the author's naturalistic theism, a version of the burgeoning theological movement known frequently as Religious Naturalism..The religious traditions supply the wisdom by which to live—emotional and moral orientation and ritual. Moreover, since our cultural life is a continual process of innovation and selection, religious praxis and theory are continually winnowed by our scientific understanding..Karl Peters is a religious naturalist for all seasons."—Noreen Herzfeld, for Theology and Science, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2003 (Noreen Herzfeld)

"This is an engaging and readable statement of a naturalsitic theism, a version of the emerging theological movement often known as Religious Naturalism. It is the fruit of a lifelong wrestling with the issue of being religious in a scientific and pluralistic age by the co-editor of Zygon: Journal of Science and Religion. It deals with how to live responsibly and find meaning in today's world. The writing is given extra intensity by the disclosures of the author's grif and triumph as he lived through his wife's terminal illness...This book is one of the clearest, intellectually rigorous and emotionally compelling statements of religious naturalism...Karl Peters is a religious naturalist for all seasons."—Harvard Square Library Review- Volume 1, October 2003 (Jerome A. Stone)

"Page after page revelas the sense of struggle, and ultimately the sense of joy, that Peters has experienced in terms of making sense of his own life and that of friends he observes...Peters shows in sensitive detail why supernatural treatments have not worked for him, why he thinks (accurately, in my opinion) that they have not worked for large segments of modern persons, and most importantly how a more natural approach can and does work...I will predict that many readers will find this book to be the most exciting thing they have ever read."—Michael Cananaugh, President of the Institute on Religion in a Age of Science, for Harvard Square Library Review, Volume 1, October 2003. (Michael Cananaugh)

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