Free EBook: The Science of Love (Templeton Press)
Madonna, Perry Como, and the Powerpuff Girls sing songs titled, “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round.” The phrase represents wishful thinking, starry-eyed romance, and sappiness. To some, it conjures visions of Don Quixote chasing windmills. But that phrase means something else to me.
A few theologians suggest that the phrase might tell us something about God’s action in the world. If “God is love” and if God creates and sustains the universe, it makes sense to derive theological meaning from “love makes the world go ‘round.” After all, most theologians could work with the idea that God makes the world go around.
Rarely, however, do theologians developed the themes of love thoroughly. I’m different. In many of my books, I’ve tried to do just that. But there’s more work to be done.
Science – at least “hard” science – appears to have no place for love. At least that’s what most people seem to think. Science considers facts, experiments with specimens, and tests hypotheses about the material world. Love is a subject science cannot fathom.
Theories that entail values – and “love” is a value-laden word – are said to have no place in science. Besides, how can sentiment and wishful thinking originate or empower the universe?
Philosophers do little better. Few take love as their core theme for a analysis or speculation. Ask most professional philosophers to name a few “philosophers of love,” and you’ll likely get a blank stare.
I want to promote better the interdisciplinary endeavors to study and promote love. As a baby step toward widening the conversation, I’m giving away free ecopies of my book, The Science of Love (Templeton Press).
This introductory book is written in an accessible way. The chapters are short and provocative. I weave together issues of religion, science, and philosophy. From biology to metaphysics, neuroscience to agape, and spiritual practices to pacifism, I touch on these topics and many more.
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Perhaps reading this book can help us all make sense of how love might make all things “go ’round.”