Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition

By: Berry, Wendell

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Berry's gentlemanly prose is a velvet glove clothing a rather devastating critique of E.O. Wilson's Consilience, and its attempt to subsume all human knowledge and experience -- artistic and religious -- within an ''imperialistic materialism.'' Berry Brings together a sympathy with religious experience, intimacy with the natural order, and an easy literary genius to integrate the ''two cultures'' of science and the humanities when they should be integrated, and to separate them when they should be separated. We were tempted to start quoting him, but then realized that we would simply be reprinting the whole book in our own pages. We can only tell you that reading this book will shed light on what it means to live in the modern world without amputating either our rational or spiritual antennae. 153 pp.


An Eighth Day View:


" A] scathing assessment . . . Berry shows that Wilson's much-celebrated, controversial pleas in Consilience to unify all branches of knowledge is nothing more than a fatuous subordination of religion, art, and everything else that is good to science . . . Berry is one of the most perceptive critics of American society writing today." ―The Washington Post

"I am tempted to say he understands Consilience] better than Wilson himself . . . A new emancipation proclamation in which he speaks again and again about how to defy the tyranny of scientific materialism." ―The Christian Science Monitor

In Life Is a Miracle, the devotion of science to the quantitative and reductionist world is measured against the mysterious, qualitative suggestions of religion and art. Berry sees life as the collision of these separate forces, but without all three in the mix we are left at sea in the world.

Title:: Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition

Author:: Berry, Wendell

Categories: Essays, Criticism & Memoir,

Publisher: Counterpoint Press: May 2001

ISBN Number:: 1582431418

ISBN Number: 13: 9781582431413

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 182170

Keywords: Berry wilson science materialism spirituality consilience superstition