Consider the intregrated complexity of a living cell. Is it more awe-inspiring to suppose that a transcendent God fashioned it or an evolving biosphere? Arguing that the science of complexity casts doubt on reductionist explanations, Kauffman rather sees a God who is constantly and creatively at work in the cosmos. 320 pages, hardcover. Basic Books.
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Date:June 26, 2009
The book is an intelligent, readable description of how the tremendous creativity within the universe happens by the process of complex, dynamic relationality. There is speculation in the chapters on Mind that the author admits is not well substantiated by current physics, but is nonetheless tantalizing. Although Kauffman presents an alternative to the strict determinist reductionism of traditional post-Newtonian science, it would be a mistake to see him as an advocate of a personal God. In fact he honestly denies that he believes in such a God, explains why secularists feel revulsed by religion, and argues for a secular pantheism as a substitute for a personal, transcendent God.