Item description for The Knight's Move: The Relational Logic of the Spirit in Theology and Science by W. Jim Neidhardt & James E. Loder...
The cultural fragmentation spawned by the destructive dualisms of our age has heightened the urgency of the search for common ground in theological and scientific inquiry. In "The Knight's Move,"theologian James E. Loder (at Princeton Seminary) and physicist W. Jim Neidhardt (at the New Jersey Institute of Technology) propose a unifying connection in a generic concept of spirit -- graphically represented by the "strange loop" relationality of the Mobius band. This relational logic is disclosed in surprisingly analogous ways in the "knight's move" of discovery in both science and theology, whether in the leap of insight or in the leap of faith. At the irreducible core of the knight's move is the self-involvement of the knower, pointing to the proximate relationality of the human spirit, to the contingent relationality of physical reality, and ultimately to the trinitarian relationality of God's Spirit. In the pivotal knight's moves of Niels Bohr's complementarity in the exploration of quantum physics and Soren Kierkegaard's qualitative dialectic in the exploration of human nature and the relational logic of the incarnation, the authors establish a model of spirit that illuminates remarkable interdisciplinary convergences in human development (Piaget), scientific discovery (Einstein), and theological knowledge (T.F. Torrance). This relational model also describes the fundamental pattern governing the transformational dynamics of human experience, from the individual journey of intensification to the corporate life of communal interaction. The central insights of "The Knight's Move" are grounded in the relation of human spirit and Divine Spirit, a gracious personal interplay pictured in the unending paradoxical unity of the strange loop. This foundation for the self-relational nature of human knowing provides a fruitful way of conceptualizing common roots in theology and science as revealed in the astonishing developments of the twentieth century.
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Studio: Helmers & Howard Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.32" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.95" Weight: 1.38 lbs.
Release Date Jun 18, 2004
Publisher Helmers & Howard Publishing
ISBN 0939443252 ISBN13 9780939443253
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The Wood Between the Worlds Apr 22, 2005
As a undergraduate philosophy major with an interest in theology I became captivated by the works of Soren Kierkegaard and began collecting nearly everything that was currently available in English. At the time this book caught my attention due to the many references to Kierkegaard throughout the book. In fact, the book's basic framework is based on Kiekegaardian categories (at least to start with). I was intrigued by the way the authors brought this figure from the 1800's straight into dialogue with modern science especially (prior to reading the book I had not realized that Bohr, the scientist, was a fan of Kierkegaard as well). This book has become for me a "Wood Between the Worlds", to use a phrase from C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew. It has introduced me to a number of ideas and people that I might never known otherwise. Michael Polanyi and Thomas F. Torrance in particular have become important avenues of further research. This is a "big picture" book that will leave you hungry for more information and will spark some creative thoughts of your own. It is written in language that will appear technical to those unfamiliar with some basic concepts in quantum physics, theology, and philosophy, as another reviewer has mentioned, but those with a strong background in two or three of these disciplines or perhaps already familiar with Kiekegaard, Bohr, Torrance, Polanyi, and to a lesser extent Piaget (as an epistemological scientist, not the watered-down "educator" version) will feel at home. Also, as alluded to in another review, the book's premise is a Christian worldview(assumed not argued for) and so will appeal to monotheists primarily. Unfortunately, I know nothing of the authors themselves outside of the fact that they are a scientist and theologian team (Princeton?). The book directed me more to the people they were writing about than themselves, but at some point I may decide to jump into that puddle as well.
A Must Read for the Science/Theology Dialogue Apr 27, 1999
Tapping into relativity, and quantum mechanics, among others, Loder and Neidhardt propose an interesting connection between science, the Incarnation, and Kierkegaard to show how the human spirit is analogous to the Holy Spirit of God. What this book does that is so novel to the discussion is that it removes the science/theology dialogue from abstraction and brings it into intimate contact with the deepest recesses of the human self and soul. It is a key book for education, and also gives a valuable spin on the similarites in epistemology in Kierkegaard, Niels Bohr, Einstein, Torrance, and others. Perhaps the most profound demonstration is that the way a human being comes to know anything is directly associated with and analogous to the activity of God through the Holy Spirit. The only reason for removing one star in my rating is that the prose tends to be highly technical for the lay reader and so, one can easily get bogged down in technicalities. But if you want a good, scholarly look at education and the deepest recesses of what it means to be human, you MUST consider this book.