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When God Is Gone, Everything Is Holy by Chet Raymo
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Jan 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: science, religion, 2012, review, 4-stars

I think the publisher’s blurb and a few reviews here do this book justice - it’s a fine book, displaying ”spirituality that is consistent with the empirical way of knowing.” It is, in fact, rich with interesting references, including the simple complexity, if you will, of the 959-celled worm C.elegans, Deus absconditus, and Gerard Manley Hopkin’s poem “God’s Grandeur” - “The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil...”

The book offers an example, and elucidation, of reverence for all things in the universe without a personal anthropomorphic god, and with an emphasis on epistemology. Indeed, a foundation to Raymo’s thesis is that epistemological thinking should come before believing. ”Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion.“ We can justify scientific beliefs, but we cannot justify most non-scientific beliefs. He quoted Francis Bacon: “What a person would like to be true, he preferentially believes,” and he points out more than once that the main determinant of what one’s religious beliefs are is where you are born, but that scientific beliefs are almost exclusively independent of birth place. Amen.
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January 3, 2012 – Started Reading
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