A Chaos of Delight: science, religion and myth, and the shaping of western thought

Dobson, Geoffrey P. (2005) A Chaos of Delight: science, religion and myth, and the shaping of western thought. Equinox Publishing, London, UK.

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A Chaos of Delight is a comprehensive guided tour into the succession of ways human beings have constructed order and meaning about the world, and their place in it. The book examines how various cultures, from the early Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks to contemporary Western society, have looked at the same phenomena and devised totally different worldviews, ranging from deep mythopoeic supernatural reflections to purely physical ones. One unifying feature that stands out above all others as the most certain thing about human knowledge in general, and science, religion or myth in particular, is its uncertainty. From a cross-cultural perspective, one's religious views are framed by articles of faith derived from history, and within their highly prescribed boundaries, there exists a system that is just as dynamic as modern-day science. In profoundly subtle ways, the journey challenges the reader to confront their own worldview, and to better understand its origins and development through the history of ideas. An important lesson for the third millennium is that diversity of opinion is healthy and essential; it is blind acceptance of dogma that impedes understanding and progress.

Item ID: 4979
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 1-84553-018-7
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2009 03:47
FoR Codes: 22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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