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The Selfish Gene

By Richard Dawkins
  • ISBN Code: : 0191093068
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Pages : 544
  • Category : Science
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The million copy international bestseller, critically acclaimed and translated into over 25 languages. As influential today as when it was first published, The Selfish Gene has become a classic exposition of evolutionary thought. Professor Dawkins articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to these persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. This imaginative, powerful, and stylistically brilliant work not only brought the insights of Neo-Darwinism to a wide audience, but galvanized the biology community, generating much debate and stimulating whole new areas of research. Forty years later, its insights remain as relevant today as on the day it was published. This 40th anniversary edition includes a new epilogue from the author discussing the continuing relevance of these ideas in evolutionary biology today, as well as the original prefaces and foreword, and extracts from early reviews. Oxford Landmark Science books are 'must-read' classics of modern science writing which have crystallized big ideas, and shaped the way we think.

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By C Lennox
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  • Publisher : Lion Books
  • Book Code : 0745980996
  • Total of Pages : 112
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 297
  • Pdf File: god-and-stephen-hawking-2nd-edition.pdf

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“It is a grandiose claim to have banished God. With such a lot at stake we surely need to ask Hawking to produce evidence to establish his claim. Do his arguments really stand up to close scrutiny? I think we have a right to know.” The Grand Design and Brief Answers to Big Questions by eminent scientist the late Stephen Hawking were blockbusting contributions to the science religion debate. They claimed it was the laws of physics themselves which brought the universe into being, rather than any God. In this forthright response, John Lennox, Oxford University mathematician and internationally-known apologist, takes a closer look at Hawking’s logic and questions his conclusions. In lively, layman’s terms, Lennox guides us through the key points in Hawking’s arguments – with clear explanations of the latest scientific and philosophical methods and theories – and demonstrates that far from disproving a Creator God, they make his existence seem all the more probable.

Developments in Christian Thought for OCR

By Dennis Brown,Ann Greggs
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1509532382
  • Total of Pages : 220
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 804
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Developments in Christian Thought for OCR is an ideal guide for students taking the Developments in Religious Thought component of the OCR Religious Studies AS and A Level course. Drawing on insights gained from many years of teaching experience, Ann Greggs’ and Dennis Brown’s landmark book follows the OCR specification closely and includes: ·clear and comprehensive discussion of each topic in the specification ·discussion of both historical and cutting-edge theological approaches ·use of excerpts from primary sources to engage students in theological debate ·profiles of important philosophers, theologians and non-religious thinkers ·discussion questions, activity boxes, thought points and suggestions for further reading ·practical ideas on study skills, essay-writing and assessment objectives Developments in Christian Thought for OCR provides a clear, accessible and comprehensive introduction to each of the topics on the course, including Augustine on human nature, death and the afterlife, knowledge of God’s existence, the person of Jesus Christ, Christian moral principles, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, religious pluralism and theology, religious pluralism and society, gender and society, gender and theology, the challenge of secularism, liberation theology and Marx. Written by two experienced teachers and textbook authors, Developments in Christian Thought for OCR will assist students of every ability to achieve their best. This book, which covers component 03 of the OCR H173 and H573 specifications, should be paired with Religion and Ethics for OCR by Mark Coffey and Dennis Brown, which covers component 02, and Philosophy of Religion for OCR by Dennis Brown and Ann Greggs, which covers component 01.

Issues in Science and Theology: Nature – and Beyond

By Michael Fuller,Dirk Evers,Anne Runehov,Knut-Willy Sæther,Bernard Michollet
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 3030311821
  • Total of Pages : 284
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 404
  • Pdf File: issues-in-science-and-theology.pdf

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This book addresses a variety of important questions on nature, science, and spirituality: Is the natural world all that there is? Or is it possible to move ‘beyond nature’? What might it mean to transcend nature? What reflections of anything ‘beyond nature’ might be found in nature itself? Gathering papers originally delivered at the 2018 annual conference of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT), the book includes contributions of an international group of scientists, philosophers, theologians and historians, all discussing nature and what may lie beyond it. More than 20 chapters explore questions of science, nature, spirituality and more, including Nature – and Beyond? Immanence and Transcendence in Science and Religion Awe and wonder in scientific practice: Implications for the relationship between science and religion The Cosmos Considered as a Moral Institution The transcendent within: how our own biology leads to spirituality Preserving the heavens and the earth: Planetary sustainability from a Biblical and educational perspective Issues in Science and Theology: Nature – and Beyond will benefit a broad audience of students, scholars and faculty in such disciplines as philosophy, history of science, theology, and ethics.

AQA A-level Religious Studies Year 2

By John Frye,Debbie Herring,Mel Thompson
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  • Publisher : Hodder Education
  • Book Code : 147187401X
  • Total of Pages : 384
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 980
  • Pdf File: aqa-a-level-religious-studies-year-2.pdf

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Exam Board: AQA Level: AS/A-level Subject: Religious Studies First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Engage students with accessible content that draws out the key theories, ensuring students have a thorough understanding of Christianity and the philosophical and ethical issues; developed by subject specialist John Frye and the leading Religious Studies publisher*. - Confidently teach 'Philosophy and religion' and 'Ethics, religion and society' with comprehensive coverage of the key philosophers, concepts and theories along with sources of theological authority - Supports learning and revision with a range of contemporary activities, discussion points and unit summaries - Prepares students for assessment with revision questions at the end of each chapter and practice questions tailored to the assessment objectives Content covered: Philosophy and religion Sections A and B (Section A is covered through Christianity) Ethics, religion and society Sections A and B (Section A is covered through Christianity) *Taken from Educational Publishers Council statistics

A Short History of Nearly Everything

By Bill Bryson
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  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Book Code : 0385674503
  • Total of Pages : 624
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 964
  • Pdf File: a-short-history-of-nearly-everything.pdf

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One of the world’s most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

On Signs, Christ, Truth and the Interpretation of Scripture

By Susannah Ticciati
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 0567682862
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 633
  • Pdf File: on-signs-christ-truth-and-the-interpretation-of-scripture.pdf

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Susannah Ticciati explores Augustine's scriptural interpretation, as well as the ways in which he understands the character of signs in theory. The book explores Augustine's scriptural world via three case studies, each geared towards the healing of a particular modern opposition. The three, interrelated, modern oppositions are rooted in an insufficient semiotic worldview. Ticciati argues they contribute to the alienation of the modern reader not only from Augustine's scriptural world, but more generally from the scriptural world as habitation. Examining the ways in which the therapy for our modern day semiotic illiteracy can be found in the 5th-6th-century Augustine, Ticciati brings close readings of Augustine to bear on significant concerns of our own day: specifically, our modern alienations from the rich world of Scripture.

There Is a God

By Antony Flew,Roy Abraham Varghese
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061758175
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 194
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In one of the biggest religion news stories of the new millennium, the Associated Press announced that Professor Antony Flew, the world's leading atheist, now believes in God. Flew is a pioneer for modern atheism. His famous paper, Theology and Falsification, was first presented at a meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club chaired by C. S. Lewis and went on to become the most widely reprinted philosophical publication of the last five decades. Flew earned his fame by arguing that one should presuppose atheism until evidence of a God surfaces. He now believes that such evidence exists, and There Is a God chronicles his journey from staunch atheism to believer. For the first time, this book will present a detailed and fascinating account of Flew's riveting decision to revoke his previous beliefs and argue for the existence of God. Ever since Flew's announcement, there has been great debate among atheists and believers alike about what exactly this "conversion" means. There Is a God will finally put this debate to rest. This is a story of a brilliant mind and reasoned thinker, and where his lifelong intellectual pursuit eventually led him: belief in God as designer.

Science, Belief and Society

By Catto, Rebecca,Kaden, Tom
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  • Publisher : Policy Press
  • Book Code : 1529206960
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 523
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The relationship between science and belief has been a prominent subject of public debate for many years, covering everything from science communication, health and education to immigration and national values. Yet, sociological analysis of these subjects remains surprisingly scarce. This wide-ranging book critically reviews the ways in which religious and non-religious belief systems interact with scientific methods, traditions and theories. Contributors explore how, for some secularists, ‘science’ forms an important part of social identity. Others examine how many contemporary religious movements justify their beliefs by making a claim upon science. Moving beyond the traditional focus on the United States, the book shows how debates about science and belief are firmly embedded in political conflict, class, community and culture.

Tourism in Emerging Economies

By Wei-Ta Fang
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  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Book Code : 9811524637
  • Total of Pages : 377
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 549
  • Pdf File: tourism-in-emerging-economies.pdf

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This book bridges the gap between the vital issues of the tourism industry, practices and destinations, discussing various topics from Asian and African perspectives. Each chapter presents extensive research on tourism development and tourism education, people’s work and travel experiences, as well as broader philosophies concerning the global tourism industry’s practices and operations. In the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 8, 12 and 14, the book highlights the potential of tourism to contribute to economic growth, social inclusion and environmental preservation. It discusses crucial issues confronting the travel and tourism industry, presenting achievable outlines and strategy plans, and evaluating general theories, practices, and applications of social, economic and environmental aspects of management structure to maximize the cultural, social and ecological diversity of destinations and enhance the tourism experience. Providing a comprehensive guide to tourism and its related disciplines, it offers students, professors, entrepreneurs, and travel and tourism organizations insights into the trends, practices. Further, it features case studies ranging from historical and contemporary tourism to forecasts for future tourism.