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Genes, Genesis, and God
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  • 14 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 420 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.61 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 171/.7
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: BJ1311 .R65 1999
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Ethics, Evolutionary
    • Religion
    • Values
    • Autobiography--African American authors

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521646741 | ISBN-10: 052164674X)

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  • Published February 1999

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Can the phenomena of religion and ethics be reduced to the phenomena of biology? Holmes Rolston says no, and in this sweeping account of the subject, written with considerable verve and clarity, he challenges the sociobiological orthodoxy that would naturalize science, ethics, and religion. The book is thoroughly up to date on current biological thought and is written by one of the most well-respected figures in the philosophy of biology and religion. It is likely to provoke considerable controversy among a wide range of readers in such fields as philosophy, religious studies, and biology, as well as being suitable for courses on science and religion.

Contents

Preface; Part I. Genetic Values: Diversity and Complexity in Natural History: 1. Natural history: diversity and complexity; 2. Contingent natural history?; 3. Searching genes; 4. Smart genes; 5. Genetic algorithms; 6. Intrinsic and inclusive genetic values; 7. Distributed and shared genetic values; 8. Storied natural history; Part II. Genetic Identity: Conserved and Integrated Values: 9. Genetic identity; 10. Genes in organisms; 11. Organisms in communities; 12. Sexuality, selfishness, and community; 13. Interspecifically and intraspecifically shared genes; Part III. Culture: Genes and the Genesis of Human Culture; 14. Nature and culture; 15. Gene-mind co-evolution; 16. Genetic determinants in culture; 17. The evolution of ideas; 18. The human genius; 19. Historical versus universal explanations in nature and culture; Part IV. Science: Naturalized, Socialized, Evaluated: 20. Science: generating and selecting theories; 21. Science naturalized?; 22. Science socialized; 23. The selective advantage of science; 24. Progress in scientific and in natural history; 25. Transcendent science; 26. An unfolding story; Part V. Ethics: Naturalized, Socialized, Evaluated; 27. Moral value: love, justice, and respect; 28. Naturalized ethics? Emergent, socialized morality; 29. Naturalized ethics? Illusory, Darwinized morality; 30. Evaluating ethics: values defended and shared; Part VI. Religion: Naturalized, Socialized, Evaluated: 31. The divine epic of life; 32. Religion and fertility; 33. Religion and altruism; 34. Functional and true religion; 35. Genesis and God; References; Index.

Reviews

"This is a scholarly work by one of the foremost philosophers of biology and religion today....Rolston knows his genetics, and is masterful in presenting complex biological concepts in a highly readable and non-threatening way. It is certain to provoke vigorous discussions between philosophers, theologians and scientists. It's something we need more of." The Presbyterian Outlook

"This is a scholarly work by one of the foremost philosophers of biology and religion today....Rolston knows his genetics, and is masterful in presenting complex biological concepts in a highly readable and non-threatening way. It is certain to provoke vigorous discussions between philosophers, theologians and scientists. It's something we need more of." The Presbyterian Outlook

"...to read the lectures is to travel along important paths of enquiry in the company of a mind that is humane and perceptive, careful for truth, and valiant for value." John Polkinghorne--Queens' College, Cambridge

"...to read the lectures is to travel along important paths of enquiry in the company of a mind that is humane and, careful for the truth, and valient for value." John Polkinghorne, Queens College, Cambridge

"Genes, Genesis, and God may be of some value to those who are looking fora collection of perspectives dealing with the origin of complexity and morality...this book could provide something along the lines of a feeling of wonder to those who do not question in any way the evolution paradigm." Seminary Studies 38

"[Holmes Rolston, III] has written a careful but bold challenge to the claims of sociobiologists that human values can be deduced only from nature. Rolston's challenging and provocative, but modest, way of interpreting the story of evolution will stimulate other philosophers to carefully examine recent scientific discoveries about nature and carry further dialogue he has begun." Social Theory and Practice

"I recommend that you read Genes, Genesis, and God and make the judgment of its overall worth for yourself. Whatever your conclusion, you will not think your time has been wasted. For myself, when next I meet Holmes Rolston, I will buy the first round of beer!" Reports

"Rolston's lectures are a magnificent tour de force to solve one of the most important problems in environmental ethics for the twenty-first century: How can we convince the inhabitants of the house that we all live in and on that it ought to be respected, protected, and preserved?" Ethics

"In his published lectures, titled Genes, Genesis, and God and organized under six chapters, Rolston skillfully reworks his stated positions on natural history, objective natural value, the nature-culture distinction, human nature, and the divine-world relationship. He aims to provide an 'integrated account' of science, ethics, end religion, based on is conviction that a 'comprehensive worldview' shapes an environmental ethic." Environmental Ethics

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