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Religious Studies
  • Author:
    Taner Edis
  • ISBN:
    1573929778
  • ISBN13:
    978-1573929776
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  • Publisher:
    Prometheus Books; 2nd Printing edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Pages:
    330 pages
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    Religious Studies
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Is there a God, or a spiritual reality beyond nature? Physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at this age-old question a thoughtful reflection on the problems of belief in God by someone who has wrestled honestly with these questions.

Is there a God, or a spiritual reality beyond nature? Physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at this age-old question a thoughtful reflection on the problems of belief in God by someone who has wrestled honestly with these questions. presents scientific naturalism at its best.

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Science is central to this naturalistic picture; modern physics, evolutionary .

Science is central to this naturalistic picture; modern physics, evolutionary biology, and critical history, as well as contemporary psychology and brain sciences, all cast doubt on any spiritual reality. Edis explores God in terms of traditional notions of deity and explores the evolution of human concepts of deity from beginnings in myth and scripture to religious understanding of God in light of modern knowledge.

Edis effects this cosmic exorcism by invoking astrophysics to explain the . a thoughtful reflection on the problems of belief in God by someone who . may be one of the few truly essential books about science and religion of recent times. - Skeptical Inquirer, Nov/Dec 2003.

In his zeal to establish his godless credo, Edis challenges not only the precepts of Judaism and Christianity but also those of Islam and New Age mysticism a thoughtful reflection on the problems of belief in God by someone who has wrestled honestly with these questions.

In his recent book Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the . Modern science developed within a culture of Judeo-Christian theism, and science and theism have generally supported each other.

In his recent book Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West, Taner Edis discusses Islamic responses to the modern world and how the West deals and should deal with them. He argues convincingly that the biggest threat to secular liberalism is not fundamentalism but an Islamic form of modernity.

Physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at this age-old question, focusing on what we have learned about our world rather .

Physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at this age-old question, focusing on what we have learned about our world rather than on traditional metaphysical disputes. Is there a God, or a spiritual reality beyond nature? Physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at this age-old question, focusing on what we have learned about our world rather than on traditional metaphysical disputes.

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In The Ghost in the Universe: God in the Light of Modern Science (Prometheus Books), his first book, he tells why he thinks that a naturalistic view, based on science, is a better explanation for what we experience in the world than any reach for spiritual answers.

The Universe of Modern Science and its Philosophical Exploration. Is the Universe Rational? Taner Edis - 2010 - Free Inquiry 30:27-29. Added to PP index 2015-02-04. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Nature, History and Morality.

Of course, no book is perfect and this one also has a few weak points.

Is there a God, or a spiritual reality beyond nature? Physicist Taner Edis takes a fresh look at this age-old question, focusing on what we have learned about our world rather than on traditional metaphysical disputes. Emphasizing a search for explanation rather than listing flaws in theistic metaphysics, Edis uses the results of natural science to present a world where complexity, intelligence, and even the sublime heights of religious experience emerge from what is ultimately material and random. Sympathetically criticizing Muslim and New Age perspectives, as well as Jewish and Christian arguments, Edis argues that a thoroughgoing naturalism leads to a much better explanation of our world. While making it clear that spiritual views have a genuine intellectual appeal, Edis systematically critiques such arguments, contrasting them with stronger naturalistic explanations. Science is central to this naturalistic picture; modern physics, evolutionary biology, and critical history, as well as contemporary psychology and brain sciences, all cast doubt on any spiritual reality. Bringing together ideas from many disciplines in a style that remains accessible to nonspecialists, and also interesting to scientists and philosophers, Edis provides an informative, in-depth statement of the case for scientific naturalism as the most accurate and powerful description of our world today.

Jozrone
Just finished reading this critter.
No need to add much concerning the rave reviews of this book, it is an excellent (skeptical) inquiry into supernatural claims for everything from cosmological arguments to parapsychology to fringe-physics beliefs in the paranormal.

Mr. Edis, I feel, does a more even-handed job as a skeptic than others who seem to be a little more "evangelical" in their views, such as Richard Dawkins and Victor Stenger, to name a few. As other reviewers have noted, Edis takes a fairly objective, non-judgemental stance toward religion that serves to get his message across well. Although believers won't be happy with his verdict, which is that the universe is, alas, a physicalist product of chance and "accidents", one should appreciate his broad background on the various religious doctrines that he crticizes. He has done his homework, and it shows in sections such as his familiarity with historical Jesus studies and his comments on the historical development of Islam. Would that all skeptics were this informed...

Of course, no book is perfect and this one also has a few weak points.
For an instance, Edis toward the end writes some interesting comments on so-called "negative" (apophatic) religion of the mystics, and pretty much comes to the conclusion they are saying essentially nothing worthwhile. To someone more familiar with rigorous meditative practices found in great abundance in Eastern disciplines, this assessment from Edis obviously is uninformed. The difficult Hua-Yen school of Buddhism, for instance, has some profound insight into the relationship between totality and the individual, and these kinds of perceptions don't come easily, especially to the skeptic relying only on his/her intellectual assessments of a religion. Intellectual analysis is a great thing, but humans are more complicated than mere analytical biological entities... :-)
Terr
As others have already mentioned, this book is not a beginner's read - something that I found quite refreshing.

Given that there are excellent reviews already posted that give this book a proper overview (Rob Hardy's especially), I will merely share some of the text that I highlighted, these quotes having stuck out as exceptionally concise and witty.

"But today, conservative, magical, scripture-waving religion has become obviously fake to the well-educated person" (14).

"We come from accidents, not design. [...] Many of us find such answers profoundly unappealing. Nevertheless, I believe they are most likely correct" (16).

"Apocalyptic beliefs are conservative: they promise supernatural vindication for social values which are under attack" (153).

"At every step along the way, the Resurrection was a myth. Elvis did not fake his death because of the burdens of stardom; he does not appear once in a while to his faithful fans. Hitler was not spirited away by Nazi allies from within the Hollow Earth; he does not wait plotting his revenge. Jesus did not rise from the dead; he will not come again" (171).

"Our intelligence is mainly a tool to negotiate a social environment, so we tend to see purposes everywhere in nature, inventing gods to supply them if necessary" (237).

"God and evil do not mix; one of them has to go--and evil is too obviously here" (278).
Galubel
Atheism has entered the public arena as never before with the "New Atheists" (not my choice of a label, for sure) or the "Four Horsemen" (neither is this). Edis is not one of the four, and I doubt he would like to have the "New Atheist" label slapped on him, either. He is his own thinker, laying out a very comprehensive argument based on his scientific background. Rather than go after religion in general with a machete, as some writers do, he does just what the subtitle says: consider "God" (that is, claims about divine matters of all sorts) in a detailed way, in many aspects, from a scientific perspective. He tries to give each of these aspects as much credit as possible, in a very generous way, but in the end, of course, is not convinced. Even readers who have many other books in this field under their belts will probably be stimulated to form new ideas as they read this one.