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The Ghost in the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science

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Is there a God, or a spiritual reality beyond nature? Physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at this age-old question, focusing on what we have learned about our world rather than on traditional metaphysical disputes. Emphasizing a search for explanation rather than listing flaws in theistic metaphysics, Edis uses the results of natural science to present a world where complexity, intelligence, and even the sublime heights of religious experience emerge from what is ultimately material and random.

Sympathetically criticizing Muslim and New Age perspectives, as well as Jewish and Christian arguments, Edis argues that a thoroughgoing naturalism leads to a much better explanation of our world. While making it clear that spiritual views have a genuine intellectual appeal, Edis systematically critiques such arguments, contrasting them with stronger naturalistic explanations. Science is central to this naturalistic picture; modern physics, evolutionary biology, and critical history, as well as contemporary psychology and brain sciences, all cast doubt on any spiritual reality.

Bringing together ideas from many disciplines in a style that remains accessible to nonspecialists, and also interesting to scientists and philosophers, Edis provides an informative, in-depth statement of the case for scientific naturalism as the most accurate and powerful description of our world today.

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A skeptic, Edis (physics, Truman State U., Missouri) calls himself, a godless infidel even. He can find no evidence of any spiritual reality over the material universe, or any principle that the universe might have been created according to. On the other hand, his obsession with the idea of God has made him appreciate religion as an expression of human hopes, as a work of art, and as a window to understand humans better.
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Emphasizing the results of natural science, physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at an age-old question: Is there a God or a spiritual reality beyond nature?

About the Author

Taner Edis (Kirksville, MO) is assistant professor of physics at Truman State University.

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ISBN:
9781573929776
Author:
Edis, Taner
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Amherst, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Cosmology
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Religion and science
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Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
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Reference
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Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 1704 S
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
330
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.3 x 1.14 in 1.4 lb

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