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By Catherine M. Wallace

Confronting non secular Denial of technology: Christian Humanism and the ethical Imagination lines the cultural backstory of latest conflicts among biblical literalists who oppose evolution and "New Atheists" who insist that faith is so pernicious it's going to be outlawed, if now not exterminated. that is a conflict of fundamentalisms. it is a zero-sum video game derived from excessive Victorian false impression of either faith and technology. The God whom technology supposedly replaces is the Engineer Almighty sitting at his keyboard, controlling each occasion in the world. yet that isn't a conceivable notion of God. much better, Wallace argues, to appreciate Christianity in Clifford Geertz's phrases as a approach of symbols that either constitutes a worldview and, in keeping with David Sloan Wilson, encourages prosocial habit. That reframing makes it attainable to reclaim what biblical students have acknowledged for many years: the miracles of Jesus have been confrontational symbolic activities. They contradicted the political establishment in colonial Palestine, now not the legislation of biology. Prayer, she explains, isn't magical pondering. it is a inventive, hugely disciplined introspective strategy, so much universal to many of us in types like mindfulness meditation. Wallace bargains an exciting exploration of concerns that believers seldom speak about in ways in which make experience to the religiously unaffiliated.

"Grab a cup of tea and take a seat with a provocative new pal. Wallace asks, are there right areas within the middle for either technology and faith? She writes of her own quest to understand how discovery and prayer needs to inevitably supplement one another. With perception and heat she strains the bounds and the intersections of know-how and trust. Like that pupil in school who requested the questions you would like you may have articulated so good, she bravely places the problem: How can human lives top make either logical and non secular sense?"
--John Kender, Professor of computing device technological know-how, Columbia University

"This is a delicate and well-thought-out ebook that explores the relationships among literature, faith, body structure, morality, prayer, technological know-how, metaphor, fact and artwork. If that feels like a handful, it truly is. yet Catherine M. Wallace handles those topics with grace and readability during this first-class book."
--Abby Hafer, writer of The Not-So-Intelligent clothier: Why Evolution Explains the Human physique and clever layout Does Not

"Catherine Wallace is true: fundamentalism is not easy on many degrees. it isn't major us to the typical solid. yet Wallace is usually correct that easily decrying fundamentalism isn't adequate. A winsome substitute has to be provided. This publication sparks the mind's eye of another that affirms technology and the arts, together with faith. Even those that can't settle for all the replacement principles proposed during this booklet should be for having meditated them!"
--Thomas Jay Oord, writer of The Uncontrolling Love of God and The Nature of Love

"Wallace skillfully demonstrates that the clash among technology and faith is rooted in distortions of either: a faith that has forgotten its mythic center and hardened into fundamentalism, and a technological know-how that has been mutated by way of rationalist desires into dogmatic scientism. utilizing conversational language and private anecdotes, Wallace sketches out an alternate: a technology shorn of dogmatic pretensions and a faith founded on tale and perform, dedicated to shaping lives of deep compassion. the actual method Wallace places the items jointly during this available publication is probably not persuasive for everybody (whether the secular humanist attempting to make feel of faith or the non secular believer attempting to subscribe to religion with science), yet gazing how she does it will probably in basic terms encourage and remove darkness from their very own efforts."
--Richard Floyd, writer of Down to Earth: Christian desire and weather Change

Catherine Miles Wallace, PhD, is a cultural historian at the school of the Feinberg university of

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