Monday’s Mtg: Are Science and Christianity Incompatible?

Carl and Jim Z.  wanted to lead a meeting on this most basic of Western dilemmas: Can religion and science be reconciled?  They will kick us off with a short introduction on the topic.  Here are some links via Carl, plus a few of my own.

Links – Via Carl

Next Week –  A biggie: What is “Constitutional Conservatism?”

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3 responses

  1. FYI, I’m not going to be there. Taking a week off for health reasons. Enjoy – and try not to dis religion entirely! IMO, religion is a lot more than just a belief system for inventing supernatural explanations of things in the natural world our ancestors did not understand. Religions create a stable foundation for moral and ethical beliefs, and agnostic types that dismiss religion as the main source of human irrationality do so at their peril, I think.

    David

  2. Not sure about that.
    Maybe it’s the same as the historical judgment on Chairman Mao: The official verdict is 70% good, 30% bad. But one might be inclined to reverse those percentages.
    In any case, one can certainly get along just fine without religion. Personally, I can’t see what religion really offers to anyone that they can’t get better elsewhere. I don’t say religion is all bad, however.

    The question is, are the majority of people prepared to do get along without it?

  3. Here’s the Wikipedia link for Secondary Causation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secondary_causation

    The concept of Secondary Causation freed up the early natural philosophers and scientists to “have at” the world and figure things out.

    Here’s what Augustine had to say about investigating the natural world: “In matters that are obscure and far beyond our vision, even in such as we may find treated in Holy Scripture, different Interpretations are sometimes possible without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such a case, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search of truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it. That would be to battle not for the teaching of Holy Scripture but for our own, wishing its teaching to conform to ours, whereas we ought to wish ours to conform to that of Sacred Scripture.”

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