So, this is my personal effort to promote something that has many names. Accommodation, coexistence, etc. Call it what you want. It’s either going to piss you off or make you smile, or a combination of the two. My hope is that it makes you smile at least more often than not. My point here is that one can have faith in the divine and a healthy understanding of science.
The hardcore atheists and the radical religionists will no-doubt scoff, refute and otherwise cast this aside, which would only suffice to prove, empirically, they are cut from the same cloth. So be it.
This blog is simply a conversation, and it is my hope that the result of this conversation is an understanding of God not as a being of wrath, rage, discrimination, bigotry, hate, and ignorance of the natural world and the sciences.
I reason that faith and reason can be reconciled, but there must be a compromise on the part of faith, and that compromise must come from the religious aspect. It is from religion where the negatives emerge, where discrimination and bigotry is born, and the head-in-the-sand point of view toward science and reason.
Thus, some of what you will find here are pieces (original and the work of others) on dangerous doctrines such as a literal hell/eternal punishment and support for the LGBT community, general egalitarianism, a decidedly left-leaning world view and a deep love for the teachings all those leaders in the faith community, present and past, that hold humanitarian tenets of equality and value the dedication, research and discovery that the scientific community contribute to our knowledge base.
To this end, I leave you with the words of famed astrophysicist, Niel deGrasse Tyson:
“So the history of discovery, particularly cosmic discovery, but discovery in general, scientific discovery, is one where at any given moment, there’s a frontier. And there tends to be an urge for people, especially religious people, to assert that across that boundary, into the unknown lies the handiwork of God.
“This shows up a lot. Newton even said it. He had his laws of gravity and motion and he was explaining the moon and the planets, he was there. He doesn’t mention God for any of that. And then he gets to the limits of what his equations can calculate. So, I don’t, can’t quite figure this out. Maybe God steps in and makes it right every now and then. That’s where he invoked God.
“And Ptolemy, he bet on the wrong horse, but he was a brilliant guy. He formulated the geocentric universe, with Earth in the middle. This is where we got epicycles and all this machinations of the heavens. But it was still a mystery to him. He looked up and uttered the following words, “when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies,” these are the planets going through retrograde and back, the mysteries of the Earth, ‘when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies, I no longer touch Earth with my feet. I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia.’
“What he did was invoke, he didn’t invoke Zeus to account for the rock that he’s standing on or the air he’s breathing. It was this point of mystery. And in gets invoked God. This, over time, has been described by philosophers as the God of the gaps. If that’s how you, if that’s where you’re going to put your God in this world, then God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance.
“If that’s how you’re going to invoke God. If God is the mystery of the universe, these mysteries, we’re tackling these mysteries one by one. If you’re going to stay religious at the end of the conversation, God has to mean more to you than just where science has yet to tread.”
Welcome to “Everyone In”
– Alan Steele