The Constant Fire (Paperback)

Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate

By Adam Frank

University of California Press, 9780520265868, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2009

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Eloquent, urgent, and inspiring, The Constant Fire tackles the acrimonious debate between science and religion, taking us beyond its stagnant parameters into the wider domain of human spiritual experience. From a Neolithic archaeological site in Ireland to modern theories of star formation, Adam Frank traverses a wide terrain, broadening our sights and allowing us to imagine an alternative perspective. Drawing from his experience as a practicing astrophysicist and from the writings of the great scholars of religion, philosophy, and mythology, Frank locates the connective tissue linking science and religion—their commonality as sacred pursuits—and finds their shared aspiration in pursuit of "the True and the Real." Taking us from the burning of Giordano Bruno in 1600 to Einstein and on to today's pressing issues of global warming and resource depletion, The Constant Fire shows us how to move beyond this stale debate into a more profound experience of the world as sacred—a world that embraces science without renouncing human spirituality.

About the Author

Adam Frank is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Rochester and a regular contributor to Discover and Astronomy magazines. He has also written for Scientific American and many other publications. He was a Hubble Fellow and is the recipient of an American Astronomical Society Prize for his scientific writing.

Praise For The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate

“An elegant reimagining of the relationship between science and spirituality.. . . . Challenges the assumption that science and religion are implacable foes.”

— Chronicle Of Higher Education

“The most striking aspect . . . . is the passion that Adam Frank displays in writing about his experience as a scientist.”

— Times Higher Education

“Frank’s book is most interesting; it is an easy read.”

— John W. Burgeson

Light years beyond the stale standoff between uninspired scientific materialism and unscientific intelligent design. “ (STARRED REVIEW)

— Publishers Weekly