89. science and religion reframe
May 3, 2009 § Leave a comment
what if Obama is destined to be the one to be forced to run a garrison state? Alternatives? A broad adoption of science as a system of real meaning in dealing with the whole world, including the mysteries. Science must allow itself to be seen not as an alternative to religion, but a stage in religious thought.
That may be one of our major reframings. See the article op ed NYT this morning
- None of those reasons topped the list. Most said that they first joined a religion because their spiritual needs were not being met. And the most-cited reason for settling on their current religion was that they simply enjoyed the services and style of worship.
- For these newly converted, the nonreligious shtick didn’t stick. There was still a void, and communities of the faithful helped fill it.
- While science, logic and reason are on the side of the nonreligious, the cold, hard facts are just so cold and hard. Yes, the evidence for evolution is irrefutable. Yes, there is a plethora of Biblical contradictions. Yes, there is mounting evidence from neuroscientists that suggests that God may be a product of the mind. Yes, yes, yes. But when is the choir going to sing? And when is the picnic? And is my child going to get a part in the holiday play?
- As the nonreligious movement picks up steam, it needs do a better job of appealing to the ethereal part of our human exceptionalism — that wondrous, precious part where logic and reason hold little purchase, where love and compassion reign. It’s the part that fears loneliness, craves companionship and needs affirmation and fellowship.