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Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion [Paperback]

By Barbara Brown Taylor (Author)
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In these essays on the dialogue between science and Christian faith, Barbara Brown Taylor describes her journey as a preacher learning what the insights of quantum physics, the new biology, and chaos theory can teach a person of faith. She seeks to discover why scientists sound like poets and why physicists use the language of imagination, ambiguity, and mystery also found in scripture. In explaining why the church should care about the new insights of science, Taylor suggests ways we might close the gap between spirit and matter, between the sacred and the secular. We live in the midst of a web of creation where nothing is without consequence and where all things coexist, even in such a way that each of us changes the world, whether we know it or not. In this luminous web faith and science join on a single path, seeking to learn the same truths about life in the universe. For a moment, Taylor writes, we see through a glass darkly. We live in the illusion that we are all separate I ams. When the fog finally clears, we shall know there is only One. "

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Studio: Cowley Publications
Pages   109
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 6.66" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2001
Publisher   Cowley Publications
ISBN  156101169X  
ISBN13  9781561011698  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara Brown Taylor is an Episcopal priest. She holds the Harry R. Butman Chair in Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in northeastern Georgia and serves as adjunct professor of Christian spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. Recognized as one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English language by Baylor University in 1995, Taylor has published numerous collections of her sermons and theological reflections, including Mixed Blessings, The Preaching Life, Speaking of Sin, Bread of Angels, Home By Another Way, and Gospel Medicine. Information about Barbara Brown Taylor s speaking engagements can be found on her website: http: //"

Barbara Brown Taylor currently resides in the state of Georgia.

Barbara Brown Taylor has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication (Paperback)
  2. Feasting on the Word
  3. Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching

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A spiritual experience  Nov 10, 2007
I read The Luminous Web several years ago, and I keep coming
back to it, and re-reading it. Barbara Brown Taylor is a
uniquely gifted writer, and seer. And the way she wraps what
she sees in words is poetic and profound. She dares to enter
into the physical, and into the physics, and finds God
so beautifully there. It was a spiritual experience
for me to ride the wave of her words into a new way
of seeing. To me, this book is a real classic.
Science and Relgion can coexist  Oct 14, 2003
One of the most lucid and reasoned disussions of science and religion that you'll find. I've read a number of the new science books, but by the end she had me. Not just a reasoned approach but a personal and moving account as well.
From Science to Religion and Back...  Jan 27, 2003
After hearing Prof Taylor's sermons and lectures, I needed to wade thru her Essays on Science and Religion. Especially true, when I read three widely divergent reviews ... It seemed that any review title using the Metaphor of "Like a Black Hole," was a bit too outlandish for anything our knowledgeable Prof. Taylor could conjure up to print!

In my first encounters with references to Albert Einstein, then Robert John Russell and James McCord before noting Sir John Templeton on the same page... she then uses humorist Will Rogers' quote, "We're all ignorant, just on different subjects." She introduces Richard Feynman, one of our century's charismatic physicists, plus one of my generation who is familar to any native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee! She then proceeds to move thru the shortest chapter "The Evolution of Praise" heavy with the writers of Science.

My favorite, most heavily under-lined Chapter is, "The Physics of Communion." After her statements from Albert Einstein, Galileo, Copernicus and Newton, she touches upon Niels Bohr, George Johnson, Fred Burnham, John Polkinghorne, even Alan Watts, Bennett Sims and Paul Tillich. How's that for a multi-colored team of biologists, mathematicians, physicists, philosophers, theologians and scientists? When Professor Taylor does her homework there is no such metaphor as that Black Hole!

For me it is her 'Way-Out-of-the-Box' book worth 5 golden stars!

About as enlightening as a black hole...  Mar 2, 2001
Looking to further your faith? Do NOT read this book! Looking to further your understanding of string theory, quantum physics or chaos theory? Do NOT read this book! As a Christian with an avid interest in the great science of the past century, this book was trite and terribly unrewarding - either scientifically or spiritually. I think she could have saved a lot of words and just wrote: "Gee, I don't understand it, but isn't it neat?" This book will not reward you with strong arguments to further your conviction that there is a God. And, it oversimplifies the body of science it discusses to the point of inaccuracy. If you're searching for "proof" of God, you'd be far better off to read "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis, for a philosophical perspective. If you want "proof" scientifically, you're better off with Brian Greene's "The Elegant Universe," in which the quest to find a unifying theory is clearly explained - and allows you to marvel at the intricate and elegant design of our physical world. At that point, it truly is a leap of faith: you either believe God has to be the designer who came up with the "theory of everything" in the first place, or you choose to believe that there is a random or singular physical cause that triggered the creation of the universe. Neither can be proven, so faith and science do meet after all.
Profoundly rewarding reading.  Apr 6, 2000
In The Luminous Web, Barbara Taylor describes her own journey as an Episcopal priest (holding the Harry R. Butman Chair in Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia) trying to learn what the insights of quantum physics, the new biology, and chaos theory can teach the Christian believer. In explaining why the church should care about the new discovers and insights into the physical world that modern science has to offer, Taylor suggest ways that Christians might close the gap between spirit and matter, between the secular and the sacred. The Luminous Web is profoundly rewarding reading.

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