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Cosmos and theos : ethical and theological implications of the anthropic cosmological principle / Errol E. Harris
Bib ID 1909791
Format BookBook
Author
Harris, Errol E
 
Description Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Humanities Press, 1992 
xviii, 221 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0391037447
Summary

In Cosmos and Theos Professor Errol E. Harris develops the theological, ethical, and social implications of the Anthropic Cosmological Principle. He argues that the twentieth-century revolution in physics reinstates the traditional arguments for the existence of God that had been inevitably invalidated by the logic appropriate to Empiricism and the presuppositions of Newtonian science. Errol E. Harris stresses that the holism of contemporary science now demands a new dialectical logic and metaphysic, in the light of which old doctrines assume a new aspect and gain fresh vitality.

Professor Harris reviews the history of religion in relation to contemporary developments in science, contending that the conflict between the two, persistent since the seventeenth century, is largely the effect of the Copernican-Newtonian scientific paradigm rather than of any insuperable divergence of aim or dogma. He also reviews the salient arguments--and the criticism of them--that have been offered in the history of Western philosophy for God's existence. Cosmos and Theos concludes with a reinterpretation of Christian doctrine, intended to demonstrate the essential congruity between its tenets and the current conceptions of the Anthropic Principle.

Full contents
  • Introduction: Religion and Science
  • 1. The Noosphere
  • 2. Community and Rationality
  • 3. The Moral Order
  • 4. Transcendence
  • 5. Ideas of God
  • 6. The Dialectic of Religion
  • 7. The Existence of God
  • 8. The Ontological Argument
  • 9. The Cosmological Argument
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-207) and indexes.

Subjects Anthropic principle.  |  Religion and science.  |  God -- Proof.  |  Christianity -- Philosophy.

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