Title: The Road of Science and the Ways to God (The Gifford Lectures)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Real View Books January 2005
0977482677 / 9780977482672
Seller ID: 91480
In an agnostic age that accepts science as its guide to truth, Jaki sets forth the daring proposition that, far from being pitted against one another, science and religion - specifically, Christian theism - have always been, and remain today, inseparably linked. His thesis unfolds in the form of a stunning intellectual and philosophical history of science that spans twenty centuries, from ancient Greece to modern quantum physics. We cannot understand the import of science, Jaki argues, without seeking the reasons why scientific creativity matured not in the great ancient civilizations but in the Christian West. 'The rise of science needed the broad and persistent sharing by.an entire culture, of a very specific body of doctrines relating the universe to a universal and absolute intelligibility embodied in the tenet about a personal God, the Creator of all.' Jaki's razor-sharp analysis cuts through the anti-theist prejudices that color many accounts of scientific discovery, as well as religious prejudices against some scientific discoveries. (Luther, for example, failed to see that 'Copernicus's foolishness was quite biblical.') Jaki considers in detail the relationship between theism and science expressed by the empiricists, Cartesian reductionists, Locke, Newton, Hume, Kant, Nietzche, and the German idealists. His journey comes full circle with the emergence of a world 'more singular and more coherent than ever' in the physics of Einstein and Planck, who realized that their discoveries 'brought them dangerously close to being considered theists.'