The last two days I have written blogs about science and creation. I published a review of Brendan Purcell’s new book, From Big Bang to Big Mystery, written by Irish scholar, Dr. Joe McCarroll. I also mentioned that I have invited Dr. Brendan Purcell to speak in the Chicago area on his book at an ACT 3 Luncheon. This event will begin at noon (ending by 1:45 p.m.) on Wednesday, September 12, at Alberto’s, the restaurant of the Holiday Inn located at 150 South Gary Avenue, Carol Stream IL 60188. You can register for this event at our web site. Everyone is invited who is interested in the topic and the event. The cost, which includes the meal, a beverage and the gratuity, is $25.00. Registration is required because of seating limitations.
Dr. Brendan Purcell is a former professor of philosophy at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, from where he retired in 2008. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in philosophy at Notre Dame University, Sydney, Australia. He is also a Catholic priest, having been ordained in 1967 for the diocese of Dublin. He received his STL from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and his PhD from UCD. He has published widely especially in the area of philosophical anthropology. He wrote The Drama of Humanity: Towards a philosophy of Humanity in History (1996), and with Detlev Clemens edited and translated Hitler and the Germans, volume 31 of the Collected Works of Eric Voegelin (1999). His most recent book, From Big Bang to Big Mystery, has been described as “a must-read for philosophers and theologians and especially for paleoscientists. Their sciences will never be the same.”
Here are a few endorsements for Dr. Purcell’s magnificent book taken from the publisher’s web sire:
Brendan Purcell has given us a study of human origins that is comprehensive, wise, and of startling philosophical clarity. He combines the latest discoveries in paleoanthropology, genetics, neuroscience, linguistics, and other sciences with the insights of thinkers from Xenophanes and Aristotle to Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan to produce a deeply impressive and convincing synthesis.Stephen M. Barr Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Delaware and author of Modern Physics and Ancient FaithPurcell moves easily from the best scientific data on evolutionary genetics to mystical affirmations of God without skipping a beat. This is an astonishing, learned, and profoundly moving book.
Professor of Politics, The Catholic University of America
This is a profound, challenging and erudite book, offering a fresh and constructive approach to issues and debates that affect us all. Highly recommended!’
Assistant Director, Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham; Author of Darwin’s Pious Idea
Purcell has achieved a remarkable synthesis: he has brought together Bernard Lonergan’s philosophical concept of “emergent probability” and Eric Voegelin’s philosophy of participatory (and not just perceptual) consciousness with an immense and ever-growing literature dealing with the hominid sequence. This book is must-reading for philosophers and theologians and especially for paleoscientists. Their sciences will never be the same.
Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Calgary
Of the many books that continue to be written on human evolution, very few deal with the philosophy of human origins. But now we have a very welcome study by Fr. Brendan Purcell that addresses this very topic. Purcell paints an enormous canvas, ranging from the Big Bang to human consciousness.
Drawing on a wide range of authoritative sources to compose a gracefully written scholarly synthesis, the book is full of valuable insights. For example …