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Has Science Displaced the Soul? Debating Love and Happiness
by Kevin Sharpe with Rebecca Bryant.

Religion tells us that God is love but neuroscience counters with love as a well-timed trickle of transmitters and hormones. With doctorates in both mathematics and theology, Kevin Sharpe explores these notions and asks the question Has Science Displaced the Soul?

From the back cover:

'Amid all the triumphal talk in science these days, increasing numbers of individuals have come to believe we are merely the sum of our genes and DNA. This book is a bold attempt to reconcile clashes that have erupted between science and spiritual thought. Kevin Sharpe contends we need contributions from both science and spirituality to understand our place in the cosmos. Highly provocative, there is something herein to challenge everyone.'

Larry Dossey.

'Has Science Displaced the Soul? Debating Love and Happiness is a fascinating and very readable description of how love and happiness can be viewed from both the scientific and religious perspectives. By comparing thes two approaches, Kevin Sharpe has illustrated the important differences and similarities between science and religion. This book provides a new and exciting synthesis to the issues of love and happiness and lays a foundation for future studies of love and happiness from both the scientificand the religious perspective.'

― Andrew Newberg.

'Kevin Sharpe's new book is a stimulating look at some of the most important issues that lie between science and religion. He approaches these issues with the strength of a scientist and with the conviction of a Christian, having things to say of much value about the natural process and about the physical and spiritual nature of human beings―their hopes and their futures. There is much for us all to learn from this work.'

― Michael Ruse.

Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.

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Sleuthing the Divine: The Nexus of Science and Spirit
by Kevin Sharpe.

From the back cover:

"The religious relevance of contemporary science....

"Science and the spiritual quest come together in this work to produce a reliable and engaging introduction to this fascinating field. Ably and engagingly, Kevin Sharpe seeks the reality of God in the world, even as he eschews traditional theological terms and authorities.

"Well-versed in and appreciative of the latest developments in physics and cosmology, biology and neuroscience, Sharpe provides insightful accounts of how contemporary knowledge expands our stodgy notions of reality. He queries the new scientific gurus for the substance and religious pertinence of their visions. Weaving through these tangled matters, Sharpe shows how they bear on questions of the origins of the universe, divine action, immanence and transcendence, human freedom, morality, the presence of evil, and the mystery at the heart of the universe."

Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000.

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David Bohm's World: New Physics and New Religion
by Kevin J. Sharpe.

From the dust cover:

"David Bohm started his career as a physicist at Princeton University, where he wrote Quantum Theory (1951), a still standard work of conventional quantum physics. While most physicists did not and still do not accept Bohm's controversial theories, he nevertheless continued to wrestle with basic questions raised by contemporary quantum physics. In David Bohm's World, author Kevin J. Sharpe examines those areas of Bohm's work that have been influential in mainstream physics and those that are considered to be on the fringe of science. He describes Bohm's various physical theories and the continuing research interest in ideas which the physicist played a major part in developing. The author contends that, while Bohm contributed a great deal of importance, the status of his hidden variables theories (including the quantum potential theory) and his holomovement theory remains questionable.

"One of Bohm's principal drives was to clarify the idea of connectedness or unbroken wholeness and deny the currently dominant picture of the world as being made up of separate and independent parts. Bohm believed that everything connects with everything else, and he found this at the heart of quantum physics as expressed in what is termed nonlocality.

"Sharpe also describes Bohm's metaphysical beliefs, which lie under as well as inspire his physics, beliefs that could be called religious. The author argues that Bohm, like Fritjof Capra, used his religion in his physics. Both do this in two ways: one is to take the theories and concepts of religion as hypotheses for physics; the other is that their religious convictions provide the motivation to pursue the physical theories and hypotheses.

"The final chapters of this work explore the relation between Bohm's holomovement metaphysics and theology, as well as the relation between science and theology in general, and the reactions of theologians to Bohm's work. In conclusion, Sharpe points out that there is one error often made in such evaluations, and that has to do with the way writers think Bohm sees God's relation to the world. He indicates that Bohm's metaphysics has the potential for developing into a theology, and he suggests in particular a theology that models God and Bohm's idea of the holomovement."

xxxxxxBucknell University Press,

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From Science to an Adequate Mythology
by Kevin J. Sharpe.

From the back cover:

"This work seeks to justify the integration of science and Christian theology, and to propose a model for that integration.

"Many of Western society's social problems have been created by the process of secularization with its lack of a clear and encompassing ethical code and moral base. Having undermined the ethics of Christianity, secularity is unable to replace them satisfactorily. Our need is for a source of adequate values, an adequate mythology.

"Myth is used as the central theme of this work. It is claimed that the knowledge of science functions as myth for modem Western culture, in fact is the core of our society's mythology. Having recognized the need for a mythology adequate to our society, science and two Christian options the conservative and the liberal are examined and found wanting as candidates.

"The integration of theology and science is suggested as the solution, and a model is proposed whereby this might happen."

Auckland: Interface Press, 1984. Out of Print.

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Religion's Response to Change: Papers Presented to the Auckland Religious Studies Colloquium, 26-28 August 1983 at the University of Auckland
edited by John M. Ker and Kevin J. Sharpe.

Auckland: The Auckland University Chaplaincy Publishing Trust, 1985.

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Toward an Authentic New Zealand Theology: Proceedings of the 1982 Auckland Theology Forum
edited by John M. Ker and Kevin J. Sharpe.

Auckland: The University of Auckland Chaplaincy Publishing Trust, 1984.

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Religion and Nature -- with Charles Birch and Others
edited by Kevin J. Sharpe and John M. Ker.

Auckland: The University of Auckland Chaplaincy, 1984.

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Religion and New Zealand's Future: Proceedings of the Seventh Auckland Religious Studies Colloquium, May 2-3, 1981
edited by Kevin J. Sharpe.

From the back cover:

"New Zealand is sometimes described as the most areligious and agnostic country on earth. Very few people attend church or appear interested in organized religion. This collection of papers presented at the Seventh Auckland Religious Studies Colloquium looks at the many aspects of religion in this country and how it might feature in our society in the future."

Palmerston North: The Dunmore Press, 1982.

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