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Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Religion (Large Print)
Synopses & Reviews
Years ago, noted science teacher and writer Chet Raymo embarked upon his own quest to reconcile the miracle stories he learned as a child with the science he learned as an adult. Skeptics and True Believersis the culmination of that searcha passionate, ever-inquisitive statement that science and religion can mutually reinforce the way we experience the world.
Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He illustrates his argument with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the red knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. "Miracles are explainable," Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, "it is the explanations that are miraculous."
For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncompromising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.
Book News Annotation:
Raymo (physics and astronomy, Stonehill College) attempts to reconcile the spiritual and scientific sides of modern humanity. Raymo argues that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. In making this argument, he moves in the direction of embracing an inclusive, non-sectarian God that is more compatible with our scientific notions about reality than are the traditional personality-based deities presented by most of the major world religions.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A noted science writer argues passionately and persuasively that science and religion are mutually reinforcing ways of experiencing the world--and that words such as God, grace, sacred, and spirituality can retain currency in an age of science, once they have been stripped of their archaic meanings.
About the Author
For nearly forty years, Chet Raymo has been exploring the relationship between science, nature, and the humanities as a professor, writer, illustrator and naturalist. In The Path: A One-Mile Walk Through the Universe, he uses the one-mile path he has walked to work for the past four decades as a means of discovering the extraordinary in everyday life.
A professor emeritus of astronomy and physics at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts, Raymo is the noted author of more than eight books on science, including the highly-praised An Intimate Look at the Night Sky, 365 Starry Nights, The Soul of the Night, Honey from Stone, and Skeptics and True Believers. In 1998, he won a prestigious Lannan Literary Award for the body of his non-fiction work. Raymo is also the author of two novels, In the Falcon's Claw (1990) and The Dork of Cork (1993), which has been sold in twelve languages.
Since 1985, he has written "Science Musings" for the Boston Globe , a weekly science and nature column reflecting upon the human side of science. He is also a frequent contributor to popular science and nature publications.
Chet Raymo and his wife Maureen live in North Easton, Massachusetts.
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