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Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief

Huston Smith
Format
Book
Published
[San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2001.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
ISBN
0060670991, 0060671025 (pbk.)
Contents
  • Part 1 Modernity's Tunnel 7
  • Chapter 1. Who's Right About Reality: Traditionalists, Modernists, or the Postmoderns? 11
  • Modernity's Cosmological Achievement
  • Postmodernism's Fairness Revolution
  • Traditional Worldview
  • Chapter 2. Great Outdoors and the Tunnel Within It 23
  • Worldviews: The Big Picture
  • Decisive Alternative
  • Weighing the Alternatives
  • Sweetening the Sour Apple
  • How Much Is at Stake
  • Chapter 3. Tunnel as Such 42
  • Flagship Book
  • Tunnel in Question
  • A Disqualified Univers
  • Chapter 4. Tunnel's Floor: Scientism 59
  • Tracking Scientism
  • Spinoza's Conatus
  • Of Rocks and Pebbles
  • From Warfare to Dialogue
  • Colonizing Theology
  • Tilt of the Negotiating Table
  • Chapter 5. Tunnel's Left Wall: Higher Education 79
  • What Happened
  • Pull of Science on Other Disciplines
  • From Nonbelief to Disbelief
  • Ineffectiveness of the Theological Response
  • New Professionalism
  • Chapter 6. Tunnel's Roof: The Media 103
  • Kansas Update
  • General Picture
  • Who Pays the Piper?
  • Chapter 7. Tunnel's Right Wall: The Law 121
  • Employment Division v. Smith
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Marginalizing Religion
  • Handling Creationism
  • Part 2 Light at the Tunnel's End 135
  • Chapter 8. Light 137
  • Physics of Light
  • Light Subjectively Experienced
  • Chapter 9. Is Light Increasing: Two Scenarios 145
  • God Is Dead
  • Eyes of Faith
  • Clearing the Ground
  • Chapter 10. Discerning the Signs of the Times 154
  • Straws in the Wind
  • Counterculture and the New Age Movement
  • Four Modern Giants Revisited
  • Chapter 11. Three Sciences and the Road Ahead 174
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Chapter 12. Terms for the Detente 187
  • A Glimpse of David Bohm
  • Science Rightly Defined
  • Limits of Science
  • Division of Labor
  • Cow That Stands on Three Legs
  • Chapter 13. This Ambiguous World 205
  • Life's Cosmic Inkblot
  • A Sidewise Glance at the Social Scene
  • Chapter 14. Big Picture 213
  • Great Divide
  • Subdivisions
  • A Hierarchical Reality
  • Topdown Causation and the Multiple Degrees of Reality
  • Return to the Inkblot
  • Chapter 15. Spiritual Personality Types 234
  • Characterology
  • Ubiquity
  • Atheist: There Is No God
  • Polytheist: There Are Many Gods
  • Principle of One-Way Mirrors
  • Monotheist: There Is One God
  • Mystic: There Is Only God
  • Chapter 16. Spirit 255
  • Self/World Divide
  • Tacit Knowing
  • Spirit and Its Outworkings
  • Consciousness and Light
  • Happy Ending
  • Epilogue: We Could Be Siblings Yet 272.
Description
xiv, 290 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes index.
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