Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Spirituality

Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Spirituality

Years ago, noted science teacher and writer Chet Raymo embarked upon his own quest to reconcile the miracle stories he learned as a child with the science he learned as an adult. Skeptics and True Believersis the culmination of that search—a passionate, ever-inquisitive statement that science and religion can mutually reinforce the way we experience the world.

Acknowledging that the scientific and the spiritual communities are increasingly split, Raymo builds strong bridges between them. He illustrates his argument with an array of thought-provoking stories, such as the remarkable migratory flight of a small bird called the red knot; the long, glorious glide of the Comet Hyakutake across the night sky; a hilarious alien abduction that didn't happen. Together, they are compelling evidence that religion should embrace the reliable knowledge of the world that science provides, while at the same time science should respect and nourish humankind's need for spiritual sustenance. "Miracles are explainable," Raymo paraphrases the writer Tim Robinson, "it is the explanations that are miraculous."

For anyone drawn to reflect on life's meaning and purpose, Chet Raymo's uncompromising skepticism and reverence for mystery will affirm and inspire.

Title:Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Spirituality
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802713384
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    Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Spirituality Reviews

  • Trisha

    Technically this book doesn’t exactly qualify as “spiritual reading” and yet as far as I’m concerned it’s one of the best “spiritual” books I’ve read in a long time. Possibly because R...

  • TJ

    The author is a little too smug for me. And he's so definite skeptics are the best and true believers are fools who believe in anything. I was hoping for a better examination of faith and science and ...

  • Kimberly

    I liked the points presented in the book. Chet Raymo is a good author who points out the pros and cons of both Science and Religion. An excellent read for the open-minded....

  • Linda  Branham Greenwell

    A very thought provoking look at the perspectives from each point of view...

  • Alan Michael Wilt

    An accessible and enlightening review of the connections/disconnections between science and religion....

  • Mdaly

    Tagline promised a lot more than it delivered. While Chet was pretty good at explaining the science his musings on religion were extremely poor and mostly anecdotal. He seemed to rely a lot on his mem...

  • John Fredrickson

    This is another excellent book by Raymo. In this book, he considers the tendencies of people to believe in things like astrology, ESP, a monotheistic biblical god, and miracles of various sorts, and h...

  • Thomas Stark

    Raymo seems uninterested in why anyone chooses (if that’s the word) to become a Skeptic rather than a True Believer. He suggests that skepticism will be the result of serious study of science, as oc...

  • Mike

    A good book about finding the wonder in science and knowledge and keeping this as the starting point for religious understanding. ...

  • James P

    Good insight into the indefensible position of ‘liberal Christian believers’...