- File Size: 1559 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Publisher: Greg Kofford Books (February 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007EV253I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#1,656,375 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #2038 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies & Reference > Theology
- #2075 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Religion & Spirituality > Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Denominations & Sects > Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- #4519 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Christian Denominations & Sects > Mormonism
|Print List Price:||$24.95|
Save $14.96 (60%)
Parallels and Convergences: Mormon Thought and Engineering Vision Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 226 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Matchbook Price: $2.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
If nothing else, this is a good overview of a what keeps religion generally at odds with the secular word - knee-jerk clinging to its dated terms and models for observable realities of human experience known as "spiritual" or "religious." Re-evaluating the religious or spiritual experience in new terminology does not imply abandoning those observed realities as if they never happened. Considering objectively how we might be talking about the same phenomena as the psychological or other scientist is a step in the right direction.
This book is written in LDS community language with LDS scriptures taken as givens for the most part, which can throw unfamiliar readers off. Still, it' may be useful food for the thoughts of a broader world resolving religious word symbols to the evolving view of science without the all-too-often harsh animosity that accompanies such disagreements.
You will find essays that excitedly explain how quantum physics, nanotechnology, transhumanism, space exploration, and even virtual programmed worlds open to our eyes potential models of the eternities, and even the very nature of resurrection, the millennium, and `spiritual creation'. The essays come from a wide degree of differing personal interpretations of the Eternal Story of Mormonism (some are more inspired by Brigham Young, some B.H Roberts some even Tad Callister and Cleon Skousen), but in the end, prior to my initial assumptions, it doesn't diminish their vision, but rather serves to effectively illustrate how expansive and powerful ideas inspired by the Wide World of Mormonism can be.
While I didn't always agree with the ultimate conclusions of the essayists, all of them made me consider some aspects I hadn't before. In one early essay, due to the essayist's stated belief in one particular theological model, I initially read through it not expecting to learn, or to be enlightened in any way by it, having made up my mind that the assumptions the essay were based on would not to speak to me. But I was surprised when an idea and interpretational paradigm was presented that indeed had not occurred to me before. In spite of not expecting or particularly desiring to learn from this essay, I was taught, and inspired. That is the sign of a remarkable teacher.
A key message of the entire collection is that our faith and vision doesn't need to be held back by ancient shepherds' or pioneers' technology and understanding of the workings of the world. We can `map' our technological understanding and development onto their expansive vision - and in many ways, that may indeed be the only way to bring their visions into reality and fulfillment. It is a call to not just hope that some day we may live again, or that we will live in a magically made paradise earth - but rather to very literally, through our acquired knowledge and technology, and guided by inspired vision, to work and apply engineering skills to "bring to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of man".
This book was a blast. I highly recommend it.