New PDF release: Is Nature Enough?: Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science

By John F. Haught

ISBN-10: 0521609933

ISBN-13: 9780521609937

Is nature all there's? John Haught examines this question and in doing so addresses a primary factor within the discussion of technology with faith. the idea that nature is all there's and that no total objective exists within the universe is understood greatly as 'naturalism'. Naturalism, during this context, denies the life of any realities unique from the wildlife and human tradition. because the upward thrust of technological know-how within the sleek international has had rather a lot effect on naturalism's highbrow reputation, the writer makes a speciality of 'scientific' naturalism and how within which its defenders are actually trying to placed a distance among modern suggestion and humanity's spiritual traditions. Haught seeks to supply an inexpensive, scientifically expert substitute to naturalism. His process will give you the foundation for full of life dialogue between scholars, students, scientists, theologians and intellectually curious humans quite often.

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Is nature all there's? John Haught examines this question and in doing so addresses a basic factor within the discussion of technology with faith. the assumption that nature is all there's and that no total function exists within the universe is understood extensively as 'naturalism'. Naturalism, during this context, denies the life of any realities unique from the wildlife and human tradition.

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17–18. Intelligence 51 calculated suppression of feeling would interfere with our contacting reality. There is a deep sense in which the desire to know must always remain pure. But purity does not mean affective deadness. Rather it often means searching for the depth and quality of passion that can most effectively move us toward the rich tapestry of the real world. Not every kind of detachment, after all, requires emotional neutrality. The whole enterprise of knowing, as we have seen above, is undergirded by desire, a quality hard to imagine apart from passion.

154–55. 42 Is Nature Enough? ” Because the dynamism of the desire to know always carries the mind beyond actual cognitional achievements, the full sweep of reality can reveal itself to knowledge only incrementally. It is felt first in our desire for truth rather than in any possession of it. The horizon of being and truth toward which the desire to know extends itself is unrestricted. And it is only our mind’s reaching out toward an endlessly wider plenitude of being that exposes, by way of contrast, the poverty of what we have actually comprehended.

It is not that they have comprehended the overwhelming divine mystery of beauty, goodness and truth. Rather, they have been comprehended by it. They express their response to this experience in acts of worship, prayer, praise and gratitude, as well as in distinctive ways of living and relating to the world. That this is not wishful thinking can be demonstrated if it turns out that our longing for the infinite is supportive of what I shall call “the desire to know,” the very heart of human rationality.

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