Current discussions in the West on the relation of science and religion focus mainly on science's uneasy relationship with the traditional Judeo-Christian view of life. But a parallel controversy exists in the Muslim world regarding ways to integrate science with Islam. As physicist Taner Edis shows in this fascinating glimpse into contemporary Muslim culture, a good deal of popular writing in Muslim societies attempts to address such perplexing questions as: • Is Islam a "scientific religion"? • Were the discoveries of modern science foreshadowed in the Quran? • Are intelligent design conjectures more appealing to the Muslim perspective than Darwinian explanations? Edis examines the range of Muslim thinking about science and Islam, from blatantly pseudoscientific fantasies to comparatively sophisticated efforts to "Islamize science." From the world's strongest creationist movements to bizarre science-in-the-Quran apologetics, popular Muslim approaches promote a view of natural science as a mere fact-collecting activity that coexists in near-perfect harmony with literal-minded faith. Since Muslims are keenly aware that science and technology have been the keys to Western success, they are eager to harness technology to achieve a Muslim version of modernity. Yet at the same time, they are reluctant to allow science to become independent of religion and are suspicious of Western secularization. Edis examines all of these conflicting trends, revealing the difficulties facing Muslim societies trying to adapt to the modern technological world. His discussions of both the parallels and the differences between Western and Muslim attempts to harmonize science and religion make for a unique and intriguing contribution to this continuing debate.
Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Hawking have had a major impact on the loud and popular debate between 'aggressive atheists' and religion. The huge sales of their bestselling books show just how much interest people have in their ideas. Now Deepak Chopra is entering this debate, sparring with leading physicist, Professor Leonard Mlodinow (the co-author, with Stephen Hawking, of The Grand Design). In Is God an Illusion?, Chopra argues that there is design in our universe and a deep intelligence behind life. Without defending organised religion, he debunks randomness as an explanation for how Nature evolves and shows how consciousness comes first and matter second. On the other side, Mlodinow argues the viewpoint of science, specifically what modern quantum physics can tell us about our world. In his view, physics, genetics and cosmology will shed far more light on the big questions than rethinking ancient spiritual concepts can ever do. A major work of our time, Is God an Illusion? will not only offer more food for thought for those fascinated by the two sides of this modern conundrum - it will also place Deepak Chopra firmly in the ring of some of the most remarkable, and bestselling, thinkers of our era.
Complete with an historical chronology, an extensive annotated bibliography, and selections from primary sources, Science and Nonbelief is an indispensable and accessible reference work on the relationship between todays sciences and religious nonbelief.
A new adventure begins on Harmony… With its opulent casinos and hotels, the desert city of Illusion Town is totally unique—and will take you on a thrill ride you’ll never forget. Hannah West isn’t the first woman to wake up in Illusion Town married to a man she barely knows, but she has no memory of the ceremony at all. For that matter, neither does Elias Coppersmith, her new husband. All either can remember is that they were on the run… With Hannah’s dubious background and shaky para-psych profile, she could have done much worse. The cooly competent mining heir arouses her curiosity—as well as other parts of her mind and body. And even her dust bunny likes him. But a honeymoon spent retracing their footsteps leads Hannah and Elias into the twisting underground catacombs, where secrets from both their pasts will come to light—and where the energy of their clashing auras will grow hot enough to burn…
The Harmony of One Love in the Totality of Reality
Author: Martin J. Schade
Western dualism is an illusion. All of reality is a dialectical unity of incarnate love understood through the condition of the possibilities of divine and human, spirit and matter, Self and Other. Incarnation offers an understanding of the Self with ethical and cultural applications.
Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West
Author: Taner Edis
Publisher: Prometheus Books
How is Islam adapting to the rapid changes of the 21st century? Despite political unrest and terrorism, the author argues that many Muslim societies are successfully developing their own versions of modern life. In contrast to the secular liberal model that prevails in the West, Islam is demonstrating alternative ways to be modern while maintaining a distinctly Muslim worldview. Professor Edis, an American physicist with a secular viewpoint who was raised in Turkey, is uniquely qualified to evaluate the interplay of modern trends and Islamic values. He devotes separate chapters to prominent examples of what he calls Islam's "pious modernity." For instance, while most Muslim societies embrace the applied sciences and technology, they are cooler toward aspects of science with materialist implications. They are also enthusiastically adopting a market economy and consumerism, while preserving Muslim religious values. Even in such controversial areas as multiculturalism, individual human rights, freedom of speech, and gender roles, the author shows that Muslim societies are drawn toward a flexible conservatism. He critically evaluates attempts to import Western political and cultural notions into Muslim societies and draws interesting parallels between conservative Christian reactions to secular society and similar responses in Islam. This balanced overview of Islam's relationship with the modern world will be of interest to open-minded readers in both the West and the East.
Heaven is here, with us, all the time and we can access it at any moment. The only problem is that we are not aware of that possibility. Everybody would like to get in Paradise and spend the rest of the existence over there but, we dont have to go anywhere because Paradise is right here and we can start entering here and right now. We dont have to pass any test or evaluation process, but we do have to work hard to overcome the main obstacle in our way: matter. The problems of being and the existence, in general, are usually very complicated issues to handle, but they are so mainly because of those, trying to rule over the search of the truth, with no real understanding of it and, even more, with very fundamental problems to communicate anything, have and are distorting and complicating things around, to the point we have to become professional philosophers, for instance, to try to understand the complications of philosophers that they, themselves, arent able to understand. Not to talk about politics and religion. But, the truth is much simpler than that, and everyone can access his own truth, with the only inconvenience that it touches his relationship with his material life. Harmony and Matter is a new perspective that might help see a little clearer the panorama of life all human beings are confronted with and all the ocean of confusion and chaos of ideas, mostly interested in preserving a material status of a very little spiritual existence that, in any case, is also very little important in the context of Universal life. Everyone would like to know, also, some tips to live the best possible life and, Harmony, as the essence of the Universe, is the only answer we can find. Here youll find the reasons why. Life is, certainly, not easy but is perfectly possible to find a recipe for a happy, healthier and creative life. There have been many attempts, in the past, to get to a comprehensive formula for happiness, from very different perspectives, and we can use as many as we want because most of them could be very useful. Harmony and Matter is just another one, from a very contemporary perspective, trying to dissect the relationship between matter and spirit, so basic in our daily life, in the most simple and clear possible way. Reality is present with us, all the time, and we have no choice than trying to understand it the best we can, in order to live a better life. For comments and suggestions, you may contact the author at: www.federicoreyk.com [email protected]
Black and White Editon Over 230 pictures - The beauty and horror - the history - the myth of the Sepoy revolt of 1857 - the religions - the national separatist movements, to the modern nations of the sub continent. - peeling back the layers of the onion that is India. For the deeper the peel the worse the stench. "India Shattering the Illusion: The Birth of New Nations. From Kashmir to Eelam" is a book about the "crumbling" subcontinent. It states the reasons why a region of 1 billion 700 million people has failed so terribly that the only path left is the birth of new nations. The governments of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have regressed in so many aspects since their independence from the British Empire to the point the collective future for the majority of people of the Sub Continent are so utterly hopeless they cannot solve an ever growing crisis created by the new elite since independence. The book goes into the relevant history, and myths that formed these nations, the rich tapestry of the kaleidoscope of cultures, philosophies, and diversity that has effectively masked to the world a horror which should not even exist. This book states how the world sees the once great cultures of the Sub Continent and how they have worked for some and against most. Due to the incredible diversity of the subcontinent the book addresses why each region should become a nation based on its own collective history and culture. Since the end of British rule in 1947 India has declined into the largest failed state in the history of nations. Starting from the first page - The Truth is that India's leadership is the world's most DEGENERATE, DUPLICITOUS and DEBAUCHED ruling class to have ever existed - carnage is happening today in India the likes of which has not been seen in thousands of years. All under an Illusion of harmony and accord while WE in Western societies go about our daily lives. It is not our task to stop the destitution of the hundreds of million miserable wretches that inhabit that land, indeed not, it is theirs to do - by whatever means necessary - by petition if possible. or Revolution if need be. It is theirs to give birth to new nations from Kashmir to Eelam. The "experiment" of modern India is so horrible there are no parallels in human history. The holocaust of Nazi Europe to that of the worst Revolutions. No Great World War has sustained such unacknowledged misery. The nightmare of the unending sadness of the absolutism of radical Islam are drowned by the sheer breath and scale of the collective horror of India. Death by any means imaginable - children cut into pieces while alive. Living animals ripped apart before other animals to witness before thrown, often while still conscious onto burning sacrificial fire. Human corpses are dug up and the rotten flesh is eaten. Present day slavery at unprecedented levels and rising. WARNING TO TRAVELERS THESE PAGES WILL TELL AND SHOW ALL
Essays on morality, mortality, and much more from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion. This early collection of essays from renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is an enthusiastic declaration, a testament to the power of rigorous scientific examination to reveal the wonders of the world. In these essays, Dawkins revisits the meme, the unit of cultural information that he named and wrote about in his groundbreaking work, The Selfish Gene. Here also are moving tributes to friends and colleagues, including a eulogy for novelist Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; correspondence with fellow biologist Stephen Jay Gould; commentary on the events of 9/11; and visits with the famed paleoanthropologists Richard and Meave Leakey at their African wildlife preserve. Ending with a vivid note to Dawkins’s ten-year-old daughter, reminding her to remain curious, ask questions, and live the examined life, A Devil’s Chaplain is a fascinating read by “a man of firm opinions, which he expresses with clarity and punch” (Scientific American).
With the Mercy’s attacks on the Wardens neutralized, Helena prepares for her upcoming wedding to Malcolm Campbell. But when Helena steps into the oracle’s space and finds herself somewhere unfamiliar, the mystery threatens to destroy the Wardens’ tentative peace. Having no explanation for the oracle’s strange behavior, Helena reaches out to a new ally she hopes can answer her questions. Is the oracle trying to communicate with her? Is it under attack again? Or is Helena traveling through time?
‘Meditate on harmony, love it, long for it so as to introduce it into your every gesture, every look, every word. Let the word “harmony” impregnate you; keep it within you as a kind of pitch pipe, and when you are feeling worried or upset, take it out and listen to it and do nothing until your whole being is in tune with it once more. In the morning, when you wake, remember to begin your day by tuning yourself to the world of universal harmony... When you enter a house let your first thought be: “May peace and harmony reign in this house”.’ Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Systemic Structure behind Human Organizations: From Civilizations to Individuals shows how the systemic yoyo model can be successfully employed to study human organizations at three different levels: civilizations, business enterprises, and individuals. This monograph tackles managerial problems from an holistic perspective such as how a business entity grows and dies and how a CEO can manipulate the choices of long- and short-term projects in order to gain more control over the board of directors. By creating a uniform language and logic of reasoning, the book provides examples and convincing results. Additionally the book shows how the same model, thinking logic, and methodology of the systems research can be equally applied to analyze problems and situations considered in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanity areas. Therefore it offers knowledge of a brand new tool to attack organizational problems. By concentrating on difficult, unsettled issues in these varying areas, this monograph thoroughly explains how some laws of nature can be established for the common study of natural and social sciences.
Compassionate Action for a Better World: Easyread Super Large 20pt Edition
Author: Dalai Lama XIV
The Dalai Lama represents a great culture centered on a wisdom tradition that has survived intact into modern times. And the fragility of our times is demonstrated by the fact that even that culture survives only in exile. Science and technology have brought immense control over nature, but power without wisdom is dangerous. We need to balance our modern capabilities with an ancient wisdom. His Holiness the Dalai Lama often speaks of the interconnectedness of all things. In a sense, that means we are all in this together. He has said, also, that just because these times are so dire, it is a great honor to be alive now, at this moment, on this planet. It is we who bear the responsibility, who face the challenge, who must take care of the planet, not just for ourselves, but for the future and for our children.
The classic study of post-Cold War international relations, more relevant than ever in the post-9/11 world, with a new foreword by Zbigniew Brzezinski. Since its initial publication, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order has become a classic work of international relations and one of the most influential books ever written about foreign affairs. An insightful and powerful analysis of the forces driving global politics, it is as indispensable to our understanding of American foreign policy today as the day it was published. As former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says in his new foreword to the book, it “has earned a place on the shelf of only about a dozen or so truly enduring works that provide the quintessential insights necessary for a broad understanding of world affairs in our time.” Samuel Huntington explains how clashes between civilizations are the greatest threat to world peace but also how an international order based on civilizations is the best safeguard against war. Events since the publication of the book have proved the wisdom of that analysis. The 9/11 attacks and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have demonstrated the threat of civilizations but have also shown how vital international cross-civilization cooperation is to restoring peace. As ideological distinctions among nations have been replaced by cultural differences, world politics has been reconfigured. Across the globe, new conflicts—and new cooperation—have replaced the old order of the Cold War era. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order explains how the population explosion in Muslim countries and the economic rise of East Asia are changing global politics. These developments challenge Western dominance, promote opposition to supposedly “universal” Western ideals, and intensify intercivilization conflict over such issues as nuclear proliferation, immigration, human rights, and democracy. The Muslim population surge has led to many small wars throughout Eurasia, and the rise of China could lead to a global war of civilizations. Huntington offers a strategy for the West to preserve its unique culture and emphasizes the need for people everywhere to learn to coexist in a complex, multipolar, muliticivilizational world.
A New Stage of Development for an Emerging Superpower
Author: Joseph Y.S. CHENG
Publisher: City University of HK Press
Category: Social Science
This volume presents a timely assessment of the Hu Wen Administration at the juncture of preparing a change of China s leadership in 2012 13. The assessment is important because the administration s apparent success tends to create a path-dependent orientation on the part of its successor. Bringing together a collection of nineteen major essays, this book offers a fresh perspective of evaluating the performance and achievements of China in the Hu Wen era in terms of economic development, the establishment of a rudimentary social security system and her rising international status. The new opportunities and challenges facing China, and how will the likely successors Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang handle those opportunities and challenges, as well as new policy programmes will also be discussed in greater detail. Each essay is written by experts and scholars from different academic disciplines and backgrounds to provide readers with a unique overview of their respective areas of expertise.