In 1906, American humorist Mark Twain published a sixty page essay entitled What is man Consisting of an interminable dialogue between a senior citizen who believes that man is just a machine and a young man who believes nothing in particular but is open to persuasion , it wasn t one of his finest books But at least he tried Authors since then seem to have avoidedIn 1906, American humorist Mark Twain published a sixty page essay entitled What is man Consisting of an interminable dialogue between a senior citizen who believes that man is just a machine and a young man who believes nothing in particular but is open to persuasion , it wasn t one of his finest books But at least he tried Authors since then seem to have avoided the subject like the plague, often tackling the respective roles of men and women in society but seldom asking deeper questions about what it means to be human When the psalmist asked, What is man Psalm 8 v.4 he was, I think, seeking an altogether profound answer.Avoidance of the subject is all the strange because there has never been a time like our own when curiosity about human origins and destiny has been greater, or the answers on offer hotly disputed It s a safe bet that any attempt to give the big picture on the origin, nature and specialness of mankind will be contentious which might explain why writers have generally fought shy of it Yet at heart it is the question most of us really do want answered, because the answer defines that precious thing we call our identity, both personally and as a race.The Psalmist did, of course, offer his own answer three millennia ago Man, he claimed, was created by God for a clearly defined purpose to exercise dominion over planet earth and by implication to ultimately share something of the glory of the divine nature The rest, as they say, is history, but it s not a happy tale As Mark Twain says in another essay I can t help being disappointed with Adam and Eve Not surprisingly, then, a large proportion of humanity today are looking for alternative solutions, accepting the challenge of the Psalmist s question without embracing the optimism of his answer.In this book we are going to consider the alternative solutions on offer by considering what it means to be human against the backgrounds of cosmology man s place in the universe , biology man s place in the animal kingdom , and psychology man s consciousness and mind Finally, we return to the biblical context, arguing that the Psalmist got it right after all.Don t let the science sounding stuff put you off Like its popular prequel, Who made God Searching for a theory of everything , this book is written with a light touch in a reader friendly and often humorous style It is intended specifically for the non expert, with homely verbal illustrations designed to explain and unpack the technicalities for the lay person As Dr Paul Copan Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University says, Edgar Andrews has a way of making the profound accessible His scholarship informs the reader about key questions of our time, offering wise guidance and illumination.
WHAT IS MAN Adam Alien or Ape In American humorist Mark Twain published a sixty page essay entitled What is man Consisting of an interminable dialogue between a senior citizen who believes that man is just a machine and a yo
Title: WHAT IS MAN?: Adam, Alien or Ape?
Author: Edgar Andrews
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