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The Many Faces of God: Science's 400-Year Quest for Images of the Divine

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A grand work of philosophy and history, shows how our religious conceptions have been shaped by advances in technology and science. Beginning his narrative in the 1600s and concluding with the fervor of the millennium, Jeremy Campbell shows how Isaac Newton and his generation altered the medieval definition of God from one interpreted through divine messengers to an all-knowing, autocratic God who watched over the scientific wonders of the universe. Arguing that religions harbor a secret fear that science may one day explain God away, Campbell masterfully shows how twentieth-century technology and theology have become intertwined, often to the detriment of both disciplines. Illuminating the writings of such intellectual luminaries as Calvin, Luther, Einstein, and Niels Bohr, all the way up to John Updike, is a sweeping history of religious and scientific thought in the Western world.

Book News Annotation:

Former journalist Campbell explores what European people primarily known now for their scientific accomplishments thought about God, from the 17th century to the present. Among his perspectives are the sweet deceits of piety, getting God wrong, simplifying the divine, reasoning God into existence, ironic theology, and the bagginess of nature. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

How science has changed our perceptions of God--from the age of Newton to the era of quantum mechanics.

Synopsis:

In this grand work of philosophy and history, Campbell shows how religious conceptions have been shaped by advances in technology and science over a 400-year period.

About the Author

Jeremy Campbell is the author of The Liar's Tale, Winston Churchill's Afternoon Nap, and The Grammatical Man. He is the Washington correspondent for the Evening Standard and lives in Washington, DC.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393061796
Subtitle:
Science's 400-Year Quest for Images of the Divine
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Campbell, Jeremy
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
God
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Religion and science -- History.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Publication Date:
20060817
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.6 x 1.2 in 1.36 lb

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