Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World by Lisa H. SiderisConsecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World by Lisa H. Sideris

Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World

byLisa H. Sideris

Hardcover | August 15, 2017

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Debunking myths behind what is known collectively as the new cosmology—a grand, overlapping set of narratives that claim to bring science and spirituality together—Lisa H. Sideris offers a searing critique of the movement’s anthropocentric vision of the world. In Consecrating Science, Sideris argues that instead of cultivating an ethic of respect for nature, the new cosmology encourages human arrogance, uncritical reverence for science, and indifference to nonhuman life. Exploring moral sensibilities rooted in experience of the natural world, Sideris shows how a sense of wonder can foster environmental attitudes that will protect our planet from ecological collapse for years to come. 
Lisa H. Sideris is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University, where her research focuses on religion, science, and environmentalism. She is the author of Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection.
Title:Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 15, 2017Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520294971

ISBN - 13:9780520294974


Table of Contents


Introduction: The Return of Mythopoeic Science
1. Seeking What Is Good in Wonder
2. The Book of Nature and the Book of Science: Richard Dawkins on Wonder
3. E. O. Wilson’s Ionian Enchantment: A Tale of Two Realities
4. Evolutionary Enchantment and Denatured Religious Naturalism
5. Anthropic and Anthropocene Narratives of the New Cosmology
6. Genesis 2.0: The Epic of Evolution as Religion of Reality
7. Making Sense of Wonder

Glossary of Terms

Editorial Reviews

"Lisa Sideris’s Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World is a rich and deeply insightful analysis of a family of ambitious historical narratives, each of which is vying to become the new myth everyone lives by. Through careful textual study, Sideris convincingly argues that despite their stated goal of promoting a deep respect and care for the natural world, these narratives may inadvertently undermine development of the environmental ethic they seek to foster."