ON THE ORIGIN OF CONSCIOUSNESS:
AN EXPLORATION THROUGH THE LENS OF THE CHRISTIAN CONCEPTION OF GOD AND CREATION
Have you ever thought about how self-consciousness (self-awareness) originated in the universe?
Understanding consciousness is one of the toughest “nuts to crack.” In recent years, scientists and philosophers have attempted to provide an answer to this mystery. The reason for this is simply because it cannot be confined to solely a materialistic interpretation of the world. Some scientific materialists have suggested that consciousness is merely an illusion in order to insulate their worldviews. Yet, consciousness is the most fundamental thing we know, even more so than the external world since we require it to perceive or think about anything. Without it, reasoning would be impossible. Dr. Scott Ventureyra in this ground-breaking book, explores the idea of the Christian God and Creation in order to tackle this most difficult question. He demonstrates that theology has something significant to offer in reflection of how consciousness originated in the universe. He also makes a modest claim that the Christian conception of God and Creation provide a plausible account for the origin of self-consciousness. He integrates philosophy, theology, and science in an innovative way to embark on this exploration.
PRAISE FOR ON THE ORIGIN OF CONSCIOUSNESS
J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Scientism and Secularism
With the revival of natural theology in the last few decades, there has been an outbreak of fresh, rigorous arguments for God’s existence. In turn, this has raised afresh new issues about the relationship between Christian philosophy and theology with science. Interestingly, little attention has been given to questions about the origin of consciousness, especially self-awareness. But that is no longer the case. In On the Origin of Consciousness, Dr. Ventureyra has produced a stunning book, based on wide and careful research, that brings the resources of a philosophically informed theology to bear on showing that such a theology explains the origin of consciousness better than do the natural sciences. Along the way, Ventureyra treats us to a rich study in metaphysics, systematic and natural theology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. I am enthusiastic about this book and highly recommend it.