Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.
Science and writing -- two polar opposites according to societal norms, and yet, I was in love with both. So, what did that make me? Science or humanities?
I've been thinking a bit about science and religion, mainly because my church is going through a series on the topic. And it's a sticky wicket because, as you know, the two have often found themselves at odds with the other.
Science tells us that there was no Edenic paradise, no first couple, and no sinless parents of humanity. And while most scientists and some theologians and philosophers teaching at Protestant Christian colleges know this, very few are willing to speak out.
Members of a young Earth, fundamentalist Christian sect from the United States have found their way to Scotland and have been promoting their beliefs in a public elementary school. Part of their missionary work has been to distribute "science" books to the students.
On June 25, 2014, the following scientific study made the cover of the prestigious journal Nature: "Aspergillomarasmine A overcomes metallo-β-lactamase antibiotic resistance." Doesn't exactly sound earth-shattering, does it? But the discovery of a fungal compound that restores the efficacy of one of our antibiotics of last resort is, in fact, huge news.
How does "getting together" actually unify and strengthen, rather than scatter, a given movement for social change?
More often than not, women's economic dependence on men is bundled up with strong views against sexual promiscuity. But why? Are economic dependence and anti-promiscuity morality both symptoms of the same cause? Patriarchy, perhaps? Or does one bring about the other?
I believe people of faith need to imagine a world without God. We then might take greater responsibility for our own lives and the circumstances of others, as well as life on this planet.
When people believe that being religious means that some scientific concepts can't be discussed or accepted, damage is done to both religion and science.
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As a Taoist monk, I find the notion of the Earth as a superorganism to make perfect sense; I also find the notion of evolution as a propulsive, all-encompassing, and all-pervasive force to be completely congruent with the ancient Chinese concept of Tao.
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