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The end of heaven : disaster and suffering in a scientific age

Author: Sidney Dekker
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.
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"In this unique book, Sidney Dekker tackles a largely unexplored dilemma. Our scientific age has equipped us ever better to explain why things go wrong. But this increasing sophistication actually makes it harder to explain why we suffer. Accidents and disasters have become technical problems without inherent purpose. When told of a disaster, we easily feel lost in the steely emptiness of technical languages of  Read more...
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Dekker, Sidney.
End of heaven.
London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
(DLC) 2016042624
(OCoLC)960844461
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney Dekker
ISBN: 9781315213644 1315213648
OCLC Number: 1004564474
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 106 pages)
Contents: Preface --
Disaster, religion and science --
Son of a preacherwoman --
The entitled class --
Existential dread --
Human error --
A question of faith --
Killing death --
Returning to dust --
Grief without a god --
The end of death --
Resurrecting heaven --
Coda.
Responsibility: Sidney Dekker.

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"In this unique book, Sidney Dekker tackles a largely unexplored dilemma. Our scientific age has equipped us ever better to explain why things go wrong. But this increasing sophistication actually makes it harder to explain why we suffer. Accidents and disasters have become technical problems without inherent purpose. When told of a disaster, we easily feel lost in the steely emptiness of technical languages of engineering or medicine. Or, in our drive to pinpoint the source of suffering, we succumb to the hunt for a scapegoat, possibly inflicting even greater suffering on others around us. How can we satisfactorily deal with suffering when the disaster that caused it is no more than the dispassionate sum of utterly mundane, imperfect human decisions and technical failures? Broad in its historical sweep and ambition, The End of Heaven is also Dekker's most personal book to date."--Provided by publisher.

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