Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston III

The tombstone, already in place though happily not yet in use, reads, “Philosopher Gone Wild.” Philosopher refers to the lifelong critical reflection of a man who found philosophy a way to mediate between his grounding in theology and his commitment to science. Wild refers to the most elemental condition of the fruitful earth before human culture was imposed upon it. The phrase Gone Wild is a play on words that evokes a subject who is so unrestrained with his passion for untamed creation that more sober citizens might think him “gone.” The tombstone will someday mark the grave of Holmes Rolston III.

 

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