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Rocks Of Ages
by Stephen Jay Gould
In this book Gould proposes a resolution to centuries of conflict, a resolution that allows science and religion to coexist peacefully. Instead of choosing between history and religion, he asks, why not opt for a golden mean that accords dignity and distinction to each realm.
Writing with bracing intelligence and elegant clarity, Gould sheds new light on a dilemma that has plagued thinking people since the Renaissance. Instead of choosing between science and religion, Gould asks, why not opt for a golden mean that accords dignity and distinction to each realm?At the heart of Gould's penetrating argument is a lucid, contemporary principle he calls NOMA (for non-overlapping magisteria) - a 'blessedly simple and entirely conventional resolution' that allows science and religion to coexist peacefully in a position of respectful non-interference. Science defines the natural world; religion, our moral world, in recognition of their separate spheres of influence. In elaborating and exploring this thought-provoking concept, Gould delves into the history of science, sketching affecting portraits of scientists and moral leaders wrestling with matters of faith and reason. Stories of seminal figures such as Galileo, Darwin and Thomas Henry Huxley make vivid his argument that individuals and cultures must cultivate both a life of the spirit and a life of rational inquiry in order to experience the fullness of being human. In Rocks of Ages, Gould's passionate humani
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