Science and religion are both undergoing a crisis of identity. Religion in the West is struggling to escape the ancient concept of a purely external God, a male entity in a notional heaven to whom or to which worship is due, while science struggles to explain the causal origin of the Big Bang without bringing in an external creating power. So far the preferred options of orthodox science are that the universe existed forever or came into existence without a cause, both clearly non-explanations. Most religionists have no awareness that religion evolves and, similarly, most who would define themselves as scientists would probably be surprised to know that the word "scientist" was only invented in 1833 and its use was, in fact strongly resisted for a good many years. Few scientists today would consider themselves to be philosophers, as once they did, and this lack of thinking at philosophical depth is leading to scientism, which is more akin to religious fundamentalism than to the open-mindedness that once was the characteristic of science.
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This is a brief (148pp), intelligible excursion for the non-specialist into the possibilities of a post-religion faith that enriches humanity’s self-awareness today. As such it is a hopeful combination of evolutionary science and belief which offers a sense of the Divine in human existence. For those unfamiliar with this subject, it is a very good introduction. While a slim volume, the evidence and arguments are presented with a logic and perspective in line with the academic background of the author.
This worthy addition to the debate on the nature and meaning of a theocentric life in the twenty-first century finds the author taking the reader beyond the current impasse often experienced between Christianity, secularism and science. For those who have had enough of overbearing tradition and hierarchical top down theology, this is a very welcome breath of fresh air. He successfully de-clutters the gospel from the church in his attempt to find the God of the Prodigal Son. For as he reminds the reader, faith is about love rather than law. Faith that fails to reveal a God of love is missing the mark.
University of Central Lancashire