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Life Is a Miracle

An Essay Against Modern Superstition
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One of America's most respected and celebrated writers provides a thought-provoking analysis of, and a concise rebuttal of, E. O. Wilson's Consilience

"[A] scathing assessment...Berry shows that Wilson's much-celebrated, controversial pleas in Consilience to unify all branches of knowledge is nothing more than a fatuous subordination of religion, art, and everything else that is good to science...Berry is one of the most perceptive critics of American society writing today."-Lauren F. Winner, Washington Post Book World

"I am tempted to say he understands [Consilience] better than Wilson himself...A new emancipation proclamation in which he speaks again and again about how to defy the tyranny of scientific materialism."-Colin C. Campbell, Christian Science Monitor

"Berry takes a wrecking ball to E. O. Wilson's Consilience, reducing its smug assumptions regarding the fusion of science, art, and religion to so much rubble."-Kirkus Reviews

In Life Is a Miracle, the devotion of science to the quantitative and reductionist world is measured against the mysterious, qualitative suggestions of religion and art. Berry sees life as the collision of these separate forces, but without all three in the mix we are left at sea in the world.


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Hardback Editions

April 2000 : USA Hardback

Title: Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-58243-058-6 / 978-1-58243-058-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: Life Is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition
Author(s): Wendell Berry
ISBN: 1-58243-141-8 / 978-1-58243-141-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA