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Three Big Bangs

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Rational explanations of the universe leave the spiritually curious cold, and religion-based theories tend to devalue the findings of science. By dividing the creation of matter, energy, life, and mind into three big bangs, Holmes Rolston III strikes a middle path between these two camps. He divines a history of the universe that respects both scientific discovery and the...more
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Published November 22nd 2010 by Columbia University Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Holmes Ralston III, a philosophy professor at University of Colorado was initially trained as a Presbyterian minister and later obtained a Phd from University of Edinburgh. He teaches environmental ethics and gave the Gifford Lectures in 1998 (I believe AN Whitehead did the Gifford Lectures in about 1923. They are one of the prized lectures in philosophy).
In somewhat tight, even dense, prose he describes what is known in physics about the genesis of the cosmos-the big bang. What is amazing about...more
This is a challenging book in several ways. First Rolston's discussion of each of what he identifies as the three big bangs, matter-energy, life, and mind is technical and requires careful reading. Second his position comes through his descriptions of these singularities as belief in a spiritual existence that may have had a role in each of these events. While not overtly religious or even theological in context, he does challenge the reader to think about the uniqueness of these events and just...more
Keith Uffman
Uncle Holmes ias written a very thoughtful and helpful work. I could not help reading the book through the lens of Abraham Joshua Heschel who notes that all wisdom begins with awe. The read inspires the awe one needs to open the entirety of life to the mystery of the cosmos.
Holmes Rolston III gives a brief history of the universe, and the evolution of intelligent life. Interestingly, he finds a way for science and religion for reconcile, suggesting that the presence of a higher power is not a given, but that it is possible.
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Holmes Rolston III is a philosopher who holds a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Davidson College (1953) and a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary (1956).
He is best known for his views on environmental ethics and the relationship between science and religion.
Rolston won the 2003 Templeton Prize, awarded to a living person who, according to the judges, "has made an excep...more
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