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Regardless if science can provide a more technical, profound and sophisticated understanding of the natural and physical worlds, it cannot judge, evaluate moral or ethical claims because these fall outside the realm of scientific research.
I used to hate this expression: "We engage people with arguments, not arguments in abstraction." I hated that phrase because I believed that the truth of an argument ought to be enough to convince us.
It's not a secret that the US education system is in need of change, as international measures of student performance place us behind countries like South Korea and Finland in math, reading, and science performance. But faith-based instruction is seldom singled out as part of the problem.
When we talk about "religion and science," it sounds like two things. But that's changing in at least one way. The contemporary conversation, especially with 18-30 year old, increasingly includes technology.
Americans see religion and science as being in conflict, not because elites are engaged in contentious interactions, but because these public representatives of science and religion appear to undermine good debate.
Science and religion are not as radically different from one another as we are often taught to think. Many people today think of faith as unjustified dogmatic belief, or perhaps wishful thinking, but theologians tend to see faith as grounded in reason and revelation
The black silk was cold and soft. The protruding layers of thread that spelt out "Allah" in neat Arabic curls absorbed the tears and prayers sprayed at the cloth's delicate font, while still reflecting the flood of light that shone from looming construction cranes and endless spurts of cell phone flashes.
It's hard to admit we've made a mistake. It's even harder for us to completely rethink our worldview. But if we can approach our level of knowledge with humility and openness, we can discover more about ourselves and our world.
There is ample evidence of "Man's Inhumanity to Man."Horrors--war, torture, starvation, trafficking, slavery, mass migration, exploitation, poverty, h...
(photograph by the author) The One who enwraps in light as with a garment; stretches out the heavens like a tent-curtain - The One who frames H...
Forty-five percent of Americans, including nearly four in 10 who said a generous self-identity was important to them, actually gave no money to charity in the past year.
So long as we are alive, no discovery, however penetrating or demystifying, will dull our taste for the ineffable, unknowable source of our joy, and of our seeking, and our life.
Our religious communities, concerned as they are with the values that expand the meaning of what it is to be human and what it means to reflect the values we declare of ultimate worth, need to take a deep breath and step up.
In my previous essay, I promised to come back to my claim that scientific knowledge is not the only kind of experiential knowledge: religious knowled...
Our reading from the Torah this week finds Moses up on Mount Sinai, receiving instructions for the construction of the sanctuary that is to be the focal point of the wandering Israelite encampment in the wilderness -- precursor to the eventual Temple to be built by King Solomon in Jerusalem.