Quick thoughts about some responses ala the Bloggingheads piece.
In trying to chart a different path in thinking about science and its context with what happens in the domains of human spiritual endeavor many people who advocate for one of the poles want an instant movement towards a metaphysical commitment -
Its only god that exists!
No its only hard little spheres!
One must by hyper-rational in all approaches!
No one must rely on scripture!
I am not a believer and I am in love the world science reveals but what is missed in this polarized debate is a discussion about our response to the world – including the world revealed by science. There is no need to go straight to some kind of metaphysics. It is not only about a commitment to a belief about what "is". It is that internal response that I am interested in. Even if you want to hold to some kind of absolute reductionism there is still lots of room to ask about how our response to the world’s beauty and order as revealed by science speaks to those aspects of human being referred to as “religious”.
Beware orthodoxies of ultimacy of any kind. In the name of purity they tend to lead their proponents to strange positions that often have little relevance to world we all actually inhabit. Once again, science is not a philosophy, its an approach to the world. That is what makes it so much fun.
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