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The Sacred Depths of Nature Excellent book if you re looking for an easy to understand break down of cellular biology and chemistry It is indeed, a fascinating read, but, for me, it still lacks the depth of spirituality that I m looking for and striving to understand Pantheism is an extraordinary concept, and even given how well this book is written, it still lacks the close, personal experience that I want and crave Great bookjust not the book for me. 3.5Asking those profound questions that no one can answer, but also important observations are made on the genesis of life on earth and its continuation Half of this reads like a textbook The other half reflects on scientific facts, and how cells are as holy as gods. This volume reconciles the modern scientific understanding of reality with our timeless spiritual yearnings for reverence and continuity Looking at topics such as evolution, emotions, sexuality, and death, Goodenough writes with rich, uncluttered detail about the workings of nature in general and of living creatures in particular Her luminous clarity makes it possible for even non scientists to appreciate that the origins of life and the universe are no less meaningful because of our increasingly scientific understanding of them At the end of each chapter, Goodenough s spiritual reflections respond to the complexity of nature with vibrant emotional intensity and a sense of reverent wonder I am somewhat ambivalent about this book I was expecting a book of Deep Ecology, featuring the author s personal spiritual reactions to scientific epiphanies Instead, Goodenough takes it upon herself to organize all human spiritual and cultural traditions around that set of scientific epiphanies in an effort to create a unifying Global Ethos Instead of responding personally to things, she merely collects a few random scraps of sacred text and waxes briefly on how different spiritual tradition I am somewhat ambivalent about this book I was expecting a book of Deep Ecology, featuring the author s personal spiritual reactions to scientific epiphanies Instead, Goodenough takes it upon herself to organize all human spiritual and cultural traditions around that set of scientific epiphanies in an effort to create a unifying Global Ethos Instead of responding personally to things, she merely collects a few random scraps of sacred text and waxes briefly on how different spiritual traditions responded to the biological concepts she s describing Since much of the scientific material is old hat to most people, much of the book ends up being fairly innocuous light reading What bits of science heldinterest for me did so by virtue of their novelty to me personally Those few things definitely did make meexcited to take Intro Bio next fall What I did find very positive and valuable about this book, however, was the way it inspired me to respond with deep and reflective thoughts I found myself writing a lot in response to her ideas, and thinking and reflecting even , even though I didn t find her ideas or the way she articulated them very interesting in themselves Therefore, I definitely found it a worthwhile read, and would probably recommend you follow through and read it if you re interested But it s not vital The best part of the book was the final chapter or epilogue, and this passage in particular Reproductive success is governed by many variables, but key adaptations have included the evolution of awareness, valuation, and purpose In order to continue, genomes must dictate organisms that are aware of their environmental circumstances, evaluate those inputs correctly, and respond with intentionality.And so, I profess my Faith For me, the existenec of all this complexity and awareness and intent and beauty, and my ability to apprehend it, serves as the ultimate meaning and the ultimate value the continuation of life reaches around, grabs its own tail, and forms a sacred circle that requires no further justification, no Creator, no superordinate meaning of meaning, no purpose other than that the continuation continue until the sun collapses or the final meteor collides I confess a credo of continuation Meh I really was hoping forfrom this I had heard the author speak on a podcast It was fine and it was short so I ll likely read it again for the evolutionary biology but the reflections were too short and as someone else said she just threw in a lot of quotes from other sources without really explaining them plus she used a lot of Christian hymns to, I guess, try to explain the religious feelings she gets from nature but that really didn t fit with the whole premise of the book Meh I really was hoping forfrom this I had heard the author speak on a podcast It was fine and it was short so I ll likely read it again for the evolutionary biology but the reflections were too short and as someone else said she just threw in a lot of quotes from other sources without really explaining them plus she used a lot of Christian hymns to, I guess, try to explain the religious feelings she gets from nature but that really didn t fit with the whole premise of the book to me frankly I hated it I m not saying I got nothing from it beyond the biology It just promised muchthan it delivered There were a couple of takeaway reflections but I wished she had spenttime on them overall This book did not inspire and resonate with me the way A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism did when I first started exploring Unitarian Universalism This may be because I don t have the same perspective on the big existential questions as Goodenough I got the impression the intended audience of this book is people who come from a theistic background, which I do not With that said, I read this book looking for a starting point in my exploration of Religious Naturalism, an This book did not inspire and resonate with me the way A Chosen Faith An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism did when I first started exploring Unitarian Universalism This may be because I don t have the same perspective on the big existential questions as Goodenough I got the impression the intended audience of this book is people who come from a theistic background, which I do not With that said, I read this book looking for a starting point in my exploration of Religious Naturalism, an introduction or basic foundation of what it means or could mean to be a Religious Naturalist Religious Naturalism 101, if you will In that regard, this book met my needs I read this first in December of 2009 but was reminded of it again when I attended a panel discussion on science religion So, I read it again with a renewed interest in spiritual naturalism This remains a special book I will pick up for inspiration and renewal.Understanding how life works from a cellular biological perspective could result in confusion about religious beliefs but Ursula Goodenough makes sense of it all Despite the technical discussion of amino acids, proteins, reproduction, I read this first in December of 2009 but was reminded of it again when I attended a panel discussion on science religion So, I read it again with a renewed interest in spiritual naturalism This remains a special book I will pick up for inspiration and renewal.Understanding how life works from a cellular biological perspective could result in confusion about religious beliefs but Ursula Goodenough makes sense of it all Despite the technical discussion of amino acids, proteins, reproduction, evolution, etc she can still experience and appreciate the profound and the sacred She ends up with a theory of continuation or Religious Naturalism I want to read it again As a religious person that is finding traditional religion to be lacking, I greatly welcomed this book The author is an atheist, but attends church regular Her Dad, a former theology prof, and also an athist, says that, nonetheless, he stills prays and Jesus answers For me, this book accepts the scientific version of the world as I do but does not throw the baby out with the bathwater that is, it still recognizes the spiritual nature of ourselves and hat we must have ways of touching tha As a religious person that is finding traditional religion to be lacking, I greatly welcomed this book The author is an atheist, but attends church regular Her Dad, a former theology prof, and also an athist, says that, nonetheless, he stills prays and Jesus answers For me, this book accepts the scientific version of the world as I do but does not throw the baby out with the bathwater that is, it still recognizes the spiritual nature of ourselves and hat we must have ways of touching that nd letting our souls which likely don t exit express themselves Ursula Goodenough s ideas and thoughts are very similar to my own One big difference between us might be that she was brought up in a family and community where religion played a major role I did not, and I have always considered myself to be an atheist Or better yet What I would call myself if people asked whether I was religious In my teen years I even was a very active member of a discussion group about religion and non religion It says something about what I don t believe about a per Ursula Goodenough s ideas and thoughts are very similar to my own One big difference between us might be that she was brought up in a family and community where religion played a major role I did not, and I have always considered myself to be an atheist Or better yet What I would call myself if people asked whether I was religious In my teen years I even was a very active member of a discussion group about religion and non religion It says something about what I don t believe about a personal God, and that I find the subject fascinating But atheism doesn t say a lot about what I d believe Some terms might describe me humanist, skeptic, openminded, curious, etc.But does that say anything about how I experience this world, this existence, this Universe Probably not, since it can t getpersonal than this I am Nick, with my personal thoughts and feelings about this world There is no need to categorize myself, to use an ultimate term to describe me, but spiritual naturalism comes as close as possible In my whole life I ve been in awe of The Universe The grandness of it, the tiny parts that it constitutes of Life has always made me feel connected and hopeful Science and philosophy have been my ways to research this complex world, to somehow praise the beauty and intricacies of it, and even to give great meaning and enjoyment to my life The remaining mysteries excite me, existing knowledge attracts me to learn about it without end, existential questions keep me up at night, music and art make me feelalive than just my biochemical interactions what life is made out of And all of this, all the emotions, experiences, thoughts and concepts take place in my personal thinking organ called the brain, evolved out of billions of biological evolution, evolved out of billions of cosmic evolution All these emergent functions It s simply amazing Whether you would call me an atheist or spiritual naturalist I don t mind All I can say is that I am a person with both feet on the ground who s deeply in love with The Universe This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m quite sad about this book For several years, fellow naturalistic and pantheistic Pagans have told me it s a must read for religious naturalists of all stripes, but I ve only now gotten around to reading it I think I waited too long If I d read this book at the beginning of my path toward naturalism, it might have touched medeeply As it was, after years of reading and listening to Sagan, Suzuki, Tyson, and Lightman on the science side, Abrams and Starhawk on the spiritual side, and I m quite sad about this book For several years, fellow naturalistic and pantheistic Pagans have told me it s a must read for religious naturalists of all stripes, but I ve only now gotten around to reading it I think I waited too long If I d read this book at the beginning of my path toward naturalism, it might have touched medeeply As it was, after years of reading and listening to Sagan, Suzuki, Tyson, and Lightman on the science side, Abrams and Starhawk on the spiritual side, and Newberg, Livingstone, and Raymo straddling the realms, Goodenough s book didn t do much for me I found her scientific explanations needlessly oversimplified and her reflections the really interesting bits that I wanted to knowabout disappointingly short And when I discovered that this book, this alleged beacon of religious naturalism, ends with Goodenough s assertion that, while our spiritual inspiration comes from Nature, our best option for religious observation comes, not from meaningful ceremonies we create ourselves, but in the religions of origin that most of us left behind, I was crushed,Many place this book near or at the heart of the religious naturalism canon, and I m glad it speaks to them It s just not speaking to me


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