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The Earth, Humanity and God

The Templeton Lectures Cambridge, 1993, 1st Edition

By Colin A. Russell

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204 pages

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Originally published in 1994, The Earth, Humanity and God discusses the relationship between science and religion. The book discusses the condition of the earth (as it was at the time of publication) and the future prospects of the planet, arguing that neither the conventional "mechanistic" view nor "New Age" philosophy helps alone in evaluating our relationship with the Earth. The book examines methods of combatting the threats to the Earth exploring both a scientific and non-scientific stance, investigating the uncontrolled expansion of technology as well as empirical pre-scientific mysticism. The book also explores the resurgence in ancient ideas of "Mother Earth" as a dangerous piece of romantic irrationality and suggests, that these views pose a danger to religious/scientific examinations. The book suggests instead a hard-headed attempt to relate Biblical and scientific data, and that this in turn can yield a valuable new understanding of the problems facing the world.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction

2. The Earth in Space

3. The Earth in Time

4. Fragile Planet

5. "Hurt not the Earth"

6. Foes of the Earth

7. "Mother Earth?"

8. Gaia

9. Surveying the Prospects

10. Hope for the Earth

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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