Philosophy and Ethics

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Error message! Sorry!

To err is human, but to make an absolute cock-up in the publishing of a manuscript requires the joint action of human, computer, dyslexic fingers and haste! I plead guilty!

Please accept my apologies if you have recently bought a copy of my cheap re-issue of the Religion and Science book, originally published as an A-level textbook by Hodder Education. It was only when a proof-reader revealed a good number of typographical errors and other mistakes, that I sensed something was wrong with the book. To start with I was simply frustrated, feeling sure that I must have corrected the errors a long time ago, then it gradually dawned; I had uploaded an uncorrected version of the text by mistake. 

I have no hair to tear from my head, so that failed to be my first reaction, but a swift application of 'Finder' on my Mac revealed the terrible truth: files with almost identical names, sitting one under the other in a list, are all too easily confused. Or, to put it more accurately, I am all too easily confused by them!

All has been rectified now, I'm pleased to say. At the touch of a button, the corrected file is now being used by KDP.

I hope, if you did invest the £1.99 or $2.99 in a digital copy, that you were able to ignore my typographical imprecision, and enjoy the exploration of topics from 'Evolution and Design', through 'Miracles' and 'Scientific explanations of religion', to questions about the way in which modern science may require believers to re-think, or re-express, what they mean by 'creation', or those fashionably in the thrall of neuroscience to re-consider what it means to be human.

As with all my books, it is written from a humanist perspective that neither promotes nor denigrates religious belief. In the back of my mind lurks the question 'Does science render religion obsolete?' Not a bad question for a secular philosopher to be asking these days, since there are those who would claim that science also renders philosophy obsolete.  As you may guess, I don't go along with that suggestion!

What I will continue to argue, however, is that the big questions about what it means to be human, what values and qualities are worth promoting, and how we should relate to the world around us, are too important to be left to the conventionally religious. They are universal and desperately urgent. But at the same time, I would suggest that it would be a gross mistake (even worse than my uploading the wrong file!) to ignore the perspective that the world's religions have offered over the centuries. You don't need to buy into a raft of supernatural beliefs to appreciate that the world religions, both East and West, may contribute significantly to the debate about our future. 

So if you already have a print copy on your bookshelf, or a download in your computer, please accept my apologies for the typos, and if you don't have one, you might find it a modestly priced way of spending a lockdown day pondering life's big issues.

To see more about this book, visit my website page by clicking here.

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