A Meaningful World
In stark contrast to contemporary claims that the world is meaningless, Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and purpose. Their journey begins with Shakespeare and ranges through Euclid's geometry, the fine-tuning of the laws...
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In stark contrast to contemporary claims that the world is meaningless, Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and purpose. Their journey begins with Shakespeare and ranges through Euclid's geometry, the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the periodic table of the elements, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the irreducible drama of scientific exploration itself.
Meaningful or meaningless?
Purposeful or pointless?
When we look at nature, whether at our living earth or into deepest space, what do we find?
Along the way, Wiker and Witt fashion a robust argument from evidence in nature, one that rests neither on religious presuppositions nor on a simplistic view of nature as the best of all possible worlds. In their exploration of the cosmos, Wiker and Witt find all the challenges and surprises, all of the mystery and elegance one expects from a work of genius.
Table of Contents
1. Meaning-fullness and Meaninglessness
2. Hamlet and the Search for Meaning
3. Shakespeare and the Elements of Genius
4. The Geometry of Genius
5. The Periodic Table: A Masterpiece of Many Authors
6. A Cosmic Home Designed for Discovery
7. The Genius of the Elements
8. The Re-emergence of the Living Cell
9. The Restoration of the Living Organism
10. The End of the Matter: A Meaningful World
co-author Jonathan Witt (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is senior fellow and writer in residence at Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. He was formerly an associate professor at Lubbock Christian University
Benjamin Wiker (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University), is lecturer in theology and science at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He is also a senior fellow of Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. His work has appeared in such publications as First Things, Crisis, Catholic World Report and the New Oxford Review.
He is the author of 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help (2008) and co-author of Answering the New Atheism: Dismantling Dawkins' Case Against God (2008). He is the co-author with Jonathan Witt of A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature (2006), and has also published Moral Darwinism: How We Became Hedonists (InterVarsity Press, 2002); The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Bethlehem Books, 2003), and Architects of the Culture of Death (Ignatius, 2004).
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- 1. Meaning-fulness And Meaninglessness
- 2. <em>hamlet</em> And The Search For Meaning
- 3. Shakespeare And The Elements Of Genius
- 4. The Geometry Of Genius
- 5. The Periodic Table: <em>a Masterpiece Of Many Authors</em>
- 6. A Cosmic Home Designed For Discovery
- 7. The Genius Of The Elements
- 8. The Reemergence Of The Living Cell
- 9. The Restoration Of The Living Organism
- 10. The End Of The Matter: A Meaningful World