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Chaos of Delight: Reconciling Science, Religion and Myth (Geoffrey P Dobson) Paperback Book, (Acumen Publishing, 2005) 9781845530198

Title: Chaos of Delight: Reconciling Science, Religion and Myth

Author: Dobson, Geoffrey P

Publisher: Acumen Publishing; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9781845530198

Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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A Chaos of Delight is a comprehensive guided tour into the succession of ways human beings have constructed order and meaning about the world, and their place in it. The book examines how various cultures over the past 5000 years have looked at the same phenomena and devised totally different worldviews, ranging from deep mythopoeic supernatural reflections to purely physical ones. One unifying feature that stands out above all others is the most certain thing about human knowledge in general, and science, religion or myth in particular, is its uncertainty. From a cross-cultural perspective, one's religious views are framed by articles of faith derived from history, and within its highly prescribed boundaries, there exists a system that is just as dynamic as western science. In profoundly subtle ways, the journey challenges the reader to confront their own worldview, and to better understand its origins and development through the history of ideas. An important lesson for the third millennium is that diversity of opinion is healthy and essential--it is blind acceptance of dogma that impedes understanding and progress.



CHAPTER 1 Science, Religion and Myth: Making Sense of the World

CHAPTER 2 The Sumerians: Life among the Gods

CHAPTER 3 Ancient Egyptians: Optimism and Opportunity

CHAPTER 4 The Presocratics: From Myth to Reason

CHAPTER 5 Classical Greece: Different Roads to Truth

CHAPTER 6 Early Christianity: The Historical Road to One God

CHAPTER 7 Medieval Christendom: Faith and Reason

CHAPTER 8 Triumphant Rise of Western Science

CHAPTER 9 The Big Bang: Starlight to Superstrings

CHAPTER 10 Origins of Life: Molecules to Machines

CHAPTER 11 Humankind's Evolutionary Origins and Emergence of Mind

CHAPTER 12 Tradition at the Crossroads: Seeking Harmony in Diversity

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