"Kauffman's book is a rigorous intellectual quest not only to find the sacred in nature but to remove the taint of atheism from science."
"[Kauffman's] provocative argument for a different understanding of God is compelling."
"["Reinventing the Sacred"] sparkles from every angle as its author gallops through the relevant science, philosophy, economics, history, ethics, poetry and - well, we had better use the word because Kauffman does: religion.... Bringing science and religion together globally in the way that Kauffman wishes is not going to be easy - as other ecumenical movements have repeatedly found - but it is necessary."
"[Kauffman] offers a fresh angle in the ongoing debates concerning creationism, intelligent design, and evolution."
"Provocative.... Kauffman raises important questions about the self-organizing potential of natural systems that deserve serious consideration."
Brian Goodwin, Co-author of "Signs of Life: How Complexity Pervades Biology"
"This brilliantly-argued book takes science into novel territory with clarity and conviction, and in Kauffman's inimitable style it challenges some scientific taboos. With this book a new biology is emerging, and with it a new culture."
Owen Flanagan, Author of "The Really HardProblem"
"Stuart Kauffman is the new Spinoza. "Reinventing the Sacred" is a pedagogical tour de force as well as an uplifting metaphysics for the 21st century."
Gordon D. Kaufman, Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, Harvard University
"This is a brilliant, new, comprehensive, scientific world-picture, and it deserves a wide reading in the educated public."
Philip Clayton, Author of "Mind and Emergence"
""Reinventing the Sacred" is a tour de force and a brilliant manifesto for a new emergence-based scientific worldview. But science alone will never be enough; humanity must also invent new categories of the sacred that speak to this naturalistic age. Stuart Kauffman courageously challenges fundamentalist pretensions on both sides, seeking to mold a new partnership of science and religious values...an epoch-making book."
Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Laureate in Economics
"Stuart Kauffman has long studied the nature of complexity in biological systems. His new book shows in a startling way the power of these ideas in our understanding of ourselves and how we relate to the world around us. The sense of agency and of values, seemingly banished by the scientific viewpoint, are restored and enriched by a fuller perception of science deriving from biology as well as physics. Any reader's views will be dramatically altered."
Lee Smolin, Author of "The Trouble with Physics"
"Stuart Kauffman has written a wonderful book, as optimistic as it is provocative. He proposes a new scientific world view that not only incorporates reductionism, but goes beyond it to a vision of a self-constructed and continuously creative universe whichcan be understood and revered, but not always predicted. Knowledge and wisdom are different aspects of our humanity in Kauffman's universe."
"Well-written and rigorously argued.... For this meaningful contribution to the quest for an era of sustainability, atheists and believers alike should be most grateful." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It does not matter what myth you base your religion on, if you believe in some sort of god you are not an atheist, Jewish or otherwise.
The idea that the sacred is to be found within nature rather than outside it is a very old one, although it is a minority view within modern Western culture.
Anyway, Stu's book did not disappoint me, and I would like to take this opportunity to make some comments on the points which I find the most interesting.
Interesting exploration of several topics including autopoiesis - the self-organization/maintenance of natural systems, quantum mechanics, emergence, reductionism, and pantheistic... Read morePublished 17 days ago by booklover
I recommend this book for all the people who is interested in complexity.
The author really knows how to keep you interested and explains difficult scientific concepts... Read more
The subject matter was timely but the problem is the book is intended for those with a "very" extensive background in mathematics and science. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DayPhrase
I bought this book because it was recommended to me by some scientifically minded friends of mine who wanted to connect with me on spirituality. Read morePublished 14 months ago by g
The central arguments of this book are structured as follows:
Any computation can be computed on any computer. Read more
This is a challenging and difficult book in many senses. It challenges our beliefs, whether we hold firmly to a version of God, or to a secular faith in no God. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David Anthony Sam
There are some books that do not fade after the first encounter. They do not let go of the mind, instead re-surfacing again and again, because they communicate something... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul B. Hartzog
Kauffman, in wanting to "Reinvent the Sacred," doesn't want to shy away from "God" talk. Read morePublished 18 months ago by lucifer's shadow