Rebirth of the Sacred: Science, Religion, and the New Environmental Ethos

Hardcover | December 12, 2012

byRobert Nadeau

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There is also a large and growing consensus in the scientific community that resolving the environmental crisis will require massive changes in our political and economic institutions and new standards for moral and ethical behavior. In this groundbreaking book, Robert Nadeau makes aconvincing case that these remarkable developments could occur if sufficient numbers of environmentally concerned people participate in the new dialogue between the truths of science and religion. Those who enter this dialogue will discover that the most fundamental scientific truths in contemporary physics and biology are analogous to and fully compatible with the most profound spiritual truths in all of the great religious traditions of the world. They will learn that recent scientificresearch has revealed that all of the 7 billion people on this planet are members of one extended human family and closely resemble other members of this family in genetic, cognitive and behavioral terms. And they will also learn that this research has also shown that we have an evolved and innatecapacity to experience the other as oneself on the precognitive level and to engage in spontaneous moral behavior in the absence of feedback from higher level cortical processes associated with making conscious moral decisions. During the course of this discussion, it should become clear that there are two reasons why the new dialogue between the truths or science and religion could greatly enhance the prospects of resolving the environmental crisis. The first is that this dialogue can serve as the basis for articulatingand disseminating an environmental ethos with a profound spiritual dimension. And the second is that the widespread acceptance of ethos could result in the fairly rapid emergence of well organized and highly effective worldwide movement in religious environmentalism.

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There is also a large and growing consensus in the scientific community that resolving the environmental crisis will require massive changes in our political and economic institutions and new standards for moral and ethical behavior. In this groundbreaking book, Robert Nadeau makes aconvincing case that these remarkable developments co...

Robert Nadeau is an intensely interdisciplinary scholar who has attempted throughout his career to bridge the gap between what British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow termed the two-cultures of humanists-social scientists and scientists-engineers. Nadeau has previously published nine books and numerous articles that cover a wide vari...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Rebirth of the Sacred: Science, Religion and the New Environmental Ethos2. The New Story of Humanity: Brains, Minds, and the Environmental Crisis3. The New Story in Physics: Mind, Matter, and the Non-local Universe4. The New Story in Biology: Parts and Wholes in the Web of Life5. The Old Story: Sovereign Nation States and Myths of National Identity6. The Old Story: Metaphysics, Newtonian Physics, and Classical Economics7. The Old Story: Metaphysics, Nineteenth Century Physics, and Neoclassical Economics8. The Old Story: Economic Globalization, the Market Consensus, and the New State Religion9. The Dream of this Place with Us: Science, Religion, and the Environmental Crisis