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'Is nature Enough ... can be recommended not only to all those interested in Haught's theology and/or working in the field of evolutionary biology but also to all those, religious or not, with an interest in these key philosophical issues of truth and epistemology. this, combined with the refreshingly accessible style of Haught's writing result in a book of worth to both students and academics alike.' Louise A. Hickman, Newman University College

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John Haught examines 'scientific naturalism', the belief that nothing exists beyond the world available to our senses and scientific inquiry. He seeks to provide a reasonable, scientifically informed alternative to naturalism by embracing the results of analytical research while simultaneously questioning the rational coherence of Darwinistic naturalism.
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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521847141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521847148
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,306,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on August 27, 2007
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NOTE TO READERS: This review was subjected to a negative vote campaign on Sept 5, 2007. The express intent of this campaign is to prevent people from reading books critical of Darwinian evolution. It is a silly and juvenile tactic that reflects personal desparation, and should not be taken as a reflection upon this book or the author. REVIEW FOLLOWS.

John Haught is a theological naturalist. A product of 18th century British theological thought, he sees God as both independent of and simultaneously within the universe we inhabit. But, he also believes that universe cannot reveal, at least in the strictly scientific sense (which he terms "theory"), any understanding of God. Instead, he suggests our experience of God must be understood by other means of "knowing," namely beauty, intersubjective, affective, and narrative means of understanding. This tendency to separate means of knowing and to find God in some, but not all of these means, is part and parcel of the theological naturalist position that has a strong following in theology today. It is popular because it effectively removes God from the problems of suffering in the world (a theodicy) and simultaneously insulates religious thought from the threat of scientific developments that might undermine a literal reading of various religious texts.

Although Haught clearly supports theological naturalism, he is very concerned by two modern intellectual movements that would seem to challenge it. The first is a pure "naturalism" that asserts nature is all there is. He correctly identifies Darwinian thought as the prime supporter of this form of naturalism. This line of reasoning suggests that since science can find no "evidence" for God, God must not exist.
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John Haugth does a life saving and GOD reviving structured analysis of what's mssing in the limiting physical construct of life as viewed by over-the-top followers of Darwin, otherwise known as scientologists.

Evolution is a inspiring explaintion of what we are now but in the end; the nature of the unniverse, its basic infrastucture, the acknowledeged boundaries of theortical physics and our internal drive to know truth leave ground shaking questions of "why we are here?" unanswered.

The first important step is to pose the right unbiased questions, John Haugth does this with dignity as well as poses potential approachs to derive the answers.

(It could be we humans, at present, do not have the cognitive capability to sort out such answers, it could be that knowledge also has an evolutionary attribute or maybe those knowlegde packets have not arrived here yet..... I hope to survive long enought to know.)

My only critizsem OF THE BOOK is, in order to make key points there is level of redundancy to remind the reader of key arguments, as the arguments border on theology, I found it usefull, but also wearing.

PDG
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John F. Haught is a theologian from Georgetown who's books deal with science and religion. In this book he discusses scientific naturalism and why it appeals to people. Yet, he shows in the end it offers no hope for humanity. In fact, it can really only lead to nihlism. He offers an alternative view that there is more than just the material world. He respects science and knows its importance. Yet, there is a deeper level of understanding of science that he explains very well. It gave me a new sense of hope reading this book.
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