Life is a constant search for meaning, and reflective minds need to find deeper and more comprehensive meaning than that normally proffered by the orthodox teaching of any creedal religion.
When this book was initially published in 1964, religion had begun to recognize the importance of psychology and psychology had considered a spiritual principle in man.
Miss Isherwood’s purpose in writing this book is to relate science and religion more closely. Her theme is that the evolution of consciousness from protozoa provides a link which not only gives grounds for faith in life and an inspiration for carrying development forward, but which reveals that, as we continuously work at deepening our insight into the realms of spirit, the life process appears to us as steadily more meaningful. Her engaging writing style makes this a fascinating glimpse at a philosophy of religion starting to engage with science.
Foreword 1. The Pathway to Meaning Part 1: The Evolution of Consciousness 2. Self-Ignorance 3. Self-Knowledge Through Self-Observation 4. The True Self 5. Cosmic Consciousness 6. Symbolism in Religious Thinking 7. Paranormal Consciousness Part 2: The Evolution of Life 8. Cosmogenesis 9. Biogenesis and Noogenesis 10. The Challenge of Life. Appendices
Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1901 and 1991, Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Religion offers a selection of outstanding scholarship covering many aspects of philosophical enquiry into belief and faith. Topics include the history of atheism, natural religion, Christian ethics and the human soul. Some books look specifically at philosophers such as Hobbes, Plato, Kant, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard and Pascal. From classic works by Edward Westermarck, John Laird and G.D. Hicks to more recent investigations, this set contains important works by the likes of D.Z. Phillips, Frederick Ferré and A.C. Ewing making it an essential collection of these previously out-of-print works in a key subject.