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More Than Matter? Is There More to Life Than Molecules?

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Paperback

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Distinguished philosopher Keith Ward in More Than Matter: Is There More to Life than Molecules weighs in on what are perhaps the greatest metaphysical quandaries of our time: is the human mind merely an intricate mass of nerve cells and synapses?

Or, is it something more? Are human beings simply "accidental results of millions of genetic copying-mistakes and freak accidents of nature," or is there actually something deeper and more sublime at the heart of both material reality and human existence?

Using philosophical and metaphysical reflections - rather than religious considerations - Ward argues, winsomely and intelligently, that human consciousness does in fact transcend our physical bodies.

Moreover, he posits, the fact that we are "more than matter" not only has profound implications for our human worth but also provides clues to the nature, value, and purpose of the cosmos.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802866603
ISBN-13: 9780802866608
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Publisher's Description

Distinguished philosopher Keith Ward here weighs in on what are perhaps the greatest metaphysical quandaries of our time: is the human mind merely an intricate mass of nerve cells and synapses, or is it something more? Are human beings simply “accidental results of millions of genetic copying-mistakes and freak accidents of nature,” or is there actually something deeper and more sublime at the heart of both material reality and human existence? Using philosophical and metaphysical reflections — rather than religious considerations — Ward argues, winsomely and intelligently, that human consciousness does in fact transcend our physical bodies. Moreover, he posits, the fact that we are “more than matter” not only has profound implications for our human worth but also provides clues to the nature, value, and purpose of the cosmos.

Author Bio

Keith Ward is a fellow of the British Academy, aprofessorial fellow of Heythrop College, London, and anAnglican priest. He is the author of more than thirtybooks, including The Big Questions in Science andReligion, Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: DoubtingDawkins, and Is Religion Dangerous?"

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderfully clear, exciting, and profound book. . . . Materialists beware!”
— Conor Cunningham
University of Nottingham

“Keith Ward ably develops the idealist/dualist ideas that conscious mind is at the basis of reality and that the material world functions as the medium through which conscious finite minds express themselves to one another. . . . A refreshing philosophical defense of the view that irreducible minds can causally affect the material world in their purposeful pursuit of what is good. More Than Matter? is philosophically rigorous yet written with the broadly educated reader in mind. A great read — I highly recommend it.”
— Stewart Goetz
Ursinus College

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