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The Wisdom of the Body

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

in Religion & The Order of Nature

Published in print December 1996 | ISBN: 9780195108231
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108231.003.0008
The Wisdom of the Body

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The great drama concerning the origin of human life and the enormous questions posed by bioengineering and related problems of bioethics all point to the truth that the religious understanding of the order of nature, as far as the human body is concerned, is now faced with a final challenge by the scientistic and secularist view. With the acquiescence to a large extent of Western religion, this view succeeded in secularizing the cosmos and extending its mechanistic view—or for that matter the agnostic, vitalistic one—of the order of nature to an ever greater degree to the human body. Both the environmental crisis and the rediscovery of the significance of nature by religious thinkers have been accompanied during the past few decades with a remarkable rise of interest in the physical body and its religious significance. And it is here that the greatest struggle is now taking place in the West between the claims of diametrically opposed views concerning the meaning of life and death and the significance of the human body.

Keywords: West; bioengineering; bioethics; human body; religion; order of nature; cosmos; environmental crisis; nature

Chapter.  19189 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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