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The Luminous Web

In these talks on the dialogue between science and Christian faith, Barbara Brown Taylor describes her own journey as a preacher who is trying to learn what the insights of quantum physics, the new biology, and chaos theory can teach the believer. She seeks to discover why scientists sometimes sound like poets and why physics may use the language of imagination, ambiguity, and mystery, just as Scripture does. In explaining why the church should care about the new discoveries and insights of the physical world, Taylor suggests ways we might close the gap between spirit and matter, between Sunday and Monday. For we ourselves live in the midst of "a web of creation," she writes, where nothing is without consequences and things are so interdependent that every day each of us will change the world whether we mean to or not. Taylor has written an excellent introduction to the contemporary debate over the insights of science, the truth of Scripture, and how each might be understood on its own terms. In fresh and exciting ways she invites us to discover these new insights along with her, and gives us a map and a compass to see these wonders for ourselves.
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Barbara Brown Taylor holds the Harry R. Butman Chair in Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College and was voted one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English language by Baylor University. She preaches and lectures widely throughout the United States.


The book is profound in its implications and a must-read for anyone seeking to reconcile the faith they cling to with the science they encounter. The Jamestown Cross In explaining why the church should care about new discoveries and insights into the physical world that modern science has to offer, Taylor suggests ways that Christians might close the gap between spirit and matter, between the secular and the sacred. The Luminous Web is profoundly rewarding reading. Midwest Book Review Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest whom Newsweek named as one of the country's leading preachers, says that ... science and religion aren't irreconciliable. Scientists, she says, speak about mystery and enigma; they often draw on the awe-filled language of the Psalms. And religious folk care-or ought to, anyway-about new scientific findings... Taylor's fans won't be disappointed. She offers her usual down-to-earth honesty and eloquent wordsmithing even when her subject is quarks. Beliefnet.Com In these four short, readable essays, Taylor seeks to relate some of the insights she has gained as a Christian from the discoveries of modern science. She rejects the view that science and religion are unconnected; instead, both scientists and believers are engaged with the mystery and the wonder of the universe we inhabit. Christian Library Journal

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