What is man? A fallen creature or the crown of creation? In this fascinating book Mairi Rennie combines the insights of science, literature and the scriptures to understand man as a creature of nature – a mere hominid ape, but with extraordinary powers of invention, and at its best capable of great unselfishness. More
Mairi Rennie traces Homo sapiens' evolution and places the animal in the context of Earth's history and the wider cosmos. We will never see ourselves in the same way again.The defining characteristic of Homo sapiens is its 'sapientia' – not so much wisdom as man's unique drive for improvement. In a flash of evolutionary time this has lifted man from its animal condition to cultural sophistication. However, sapientia driven by consumption and the satisfaction of animal needs now threatens life itself. Sapientia must harness man's capacity for cooperation and unselfishness. Perhaps by seeing ourselves as animals we can see why this is so difficult.We all experience the power of our animal nature, but while we control its obvious effects, on the whole we prefer to ignore it. Mairi Rennie seeks to close this dangerous conceptual gap.This book is essential reading for those that care about our children, grandchildren and all those that may inherit our Earth.