From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution

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There is new and exciting evidence for the 'Big Bang'. This book is about the 'Big Mystery: Where did human beings come from?' It traces the material part of our origins from the Big Bang through evolution, including the almost 7 million year hominid sequence up to the first humans in Africa over 150,000 years ago. That data doesn't seem to explain what paleontologists and archaeologists call the 'Big Bang of Human Consciousness'. In his fascinating, accessible and thorough study, renowned priest and academic Brendan Purcell shows the complementarity that scientists, theologians, and philosophers bring to a deeper understanding of the mystery of human existence and human consciousness, suggesting,that humans are better understood as an unprecedented cultural and spiritual event.

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Brendan Purcell is Adjunct Professor in the School of Philosophy at Notre Dame University, Sydney. Having studied philosophy at University College Dublin and theology at the Pontifical Lateran University Rome, he lectured in Logic and Psychology, retiring as Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy in 2008.

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'This is a profound, challenging and erudite book, offering a fresh and constructive approach to issues and debates that affect us all. Highly recommended!' --Conor Cunningham, Assistant Director, Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham

'Brendan Purcell has given us a study of human origins that is comprehensive, wise, and of startling philosophical clarity. He combines the latest discoveries in paleoanthropology, genetics, neuroscience, linguistics, and other sciences with the insights of thinkers from Xenophanes and Aristotle to Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan to produce a deeply impressive and convincing synthesis.' --Stephen M. Barr, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Delaware

'Purcell moves easily from the best scientific data on evolutionary genetics to mystical affirmations of God without skipping a beat. This is an astonishing, learned, and profoundly moving book.' --David Walsh, Professor of Politics, The Catholic University of America

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