9781845530198

A Chaos of Delight: Science, Religion and Myth and the Shaping of Western Thought

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    9781845530198

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    1845530195

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2014-09-15
  • Publisher: Acumen Pub Ltd

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Summary

This book is a comprehensive tour guide into the succession of ways humans have constructed order and meaning about the world and their place in it. The journey examines how different cultures, from the early Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks to present-day western society, have looked at the same phenomena and devised totally different worldviews, ranging from deep mythopoeic supernatural reflections to purely physcial ones. What emerges from this exploration is that the most certain thing about human knowledge in general and western science in particular, is its uncertainty, Importantly, this does not do away with religion, but emphasizes from a cross-cultural perspective that one's religious views are framed by articles of faith derived from history and that within its highly prescribed boundaries, there exists a system that is just as dynamic as modern science.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements ix
Science, religion and myth: making sense of the world
1(22)
Life among the gods, part I: the Sumerians -- service and supplication
23(32)
Life among the gods, part II: ancient Egyptians -- optimism and opportunity
55(37)
The Presocratics: from myth to philosophical reason
92(48)
Classical philosophy: different roads to truth
140(46)
Early Christianity: the historical road to one God
186(33)
Medieval Christendom: faith and reason
219(38)
The triumphant rise of Western science: methodologies, mathematics and measurement
257(43)
The Big Bang: starlight to superstrings
300(15)
Origins of life: from molecules to machines
315(24)
Humankind's evolutionary origins and emergence of mind
339(31)
Tradition at the crossroads: seeking unity in diversity
370(5)
Notes 375(62)
Bibliography 437(26)
Index 463

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