The Marriage of Sense and Soul : Integrating Science and Religion
by Ken Wilber
The Marriage of Sense and Soul, a cognizant address of how to mend the rift between science and religion,is further proof that Ken Wilber is one of the most knowledgeable and clear-thinking individuals writing today. Like an experienced scout, Wilber has blazed a careful trail through the dense history surrounding religion and science, from the basic tenets of all religion and the foundations of science to the fundamental nature of our postmodern society: the differentiation of art, morals, and science. It is this capacity to differentiate that pits science and religion against one another, yet it ironically proves to be the door to a reconciliation between the camps. Wilber proposes that, without requiring drastic modification of the way either party perceives itself, science and religion can coexist within a single framework, each playing a different role, yet married in our quest to understand the universe. In the process, Wilber examines the work of many of the pivotal scientific discoveries since the Enlightenment, as well as some of the most influential thinkers of all time. Enough is here to perplex a tenured historian, yet his course is so clearly charted that the reader comes away from The Marriage of Sense and Soul not with confusion, but a feeling of completing a momentous and insightful journey. --Brian Patterson
There is arguably no more critical and pressing topic than the relation of science and religion in the modern world. Science has given us the methods for discovering truth, while religion remains the single greatest force for generating meaning. Yet the two are seen as mutually exclusive, with wrenching consequences for humanity. In The Marriage of Sense and Soul, one of today's most important philosophers brilliantly articulates how we might begin to think about science and religion in ways that allow for their reconciliation and union, on terms that will be acceptable to both camps.
Ken Wilber is widely acclaimed as the foremost thinker in integrating Western psychology and the Eastern spiritual traditions. His many books have reached across disciplines and synthesized the teachings of religion, psychology, physics, mysticism, sociology, and anthropology, earning him a devoted international following. The Marriage of Sense and Soul is his most accessible work yet, aimed at guiding a general audience to the mutual accord between the spiritual, subjective world of ancient wisdom and the objective, empirical world of modern knowledge.
Wilber clearly and succinctly explores the schism between science and religion, and the impact of this "philosophical Cold War" on the fate of humanity. He systematically reviews previous attempts at integration, explaining why romantic, idealistic, and postmodern theories failed. And he demonstrates how science is compatible with certain deep features common to all of the world's major religious traditions. In pointing the way to a union between truth and meaning, Ken Wilber has created an elegant and accessible book that is breathtaking in its scope.
In The Marriage of Sense and Soul, one of today's most important philosophers brilliantly articulates how we might begin to think about science and religion in ways that allow for their reconciliation and union on terms acceptable to both camps.
Interview with Ken Wilber