By David G. Myers
A pleasant Letter to Skeptics and Atheists is helping readers—both secular and religious—appreciate their universal floor. For these whose considering has moved from the non secular thesis to the skeptical antithesis (or vice versa), Myers bargains tips that could a science-respecting Christian synthesis. He indicates how skeptics and folks of religion can proportion a dedication to cause, facts, and demanding considering, whereas additionally embracing a religion that helps human flourishing—by making experience of the universe, giving aspiring to lifestyles, connecting us in supportive groups, mandating altruism, and supplying wish within the face of adversity and loss of life.
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It’s a fair question. Before noting some ways in which science affirms religious wisdom, let’s acknowledge its challenges to three specific presumptions of popular religion: the existence of an immortal soul, the potency of petitionary prayers, and the plausibility of a created universe. indd 25 6/21/08 6:24:16 PM Inseparable Body and Soul Today’s behavior genetics and neuroscience teach a compelling and provocative lesson: everything psychological is also biological. Our every idea, every mood, every urge is a biological happening.
We now know that the universe has been flying apart from a momentous beginning that, reversing the time arrow, cosmologists estimate must have happened nearly 14 billion years ago. Space, time, and the laws of nature were somehow born out of nothing. indd 49 6/21/08 6:25:33 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t i c s an d at h e is t s To those familiar with the Hebrew Scriptures (“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”), news of the Big Bang came as no surprise. As the astrophysicist Robert Jastrow wrote in God and the Astronomers,“Now we see how the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world.
Radiocarbon dating has revealed the antiquity of the earth and its fossil remains. Intermediate life forms have been discovered precisely where and when evolutionary theory has predicted. indd 45 6/21/08 6:25:32 PM a fri en d l y l et t er t o s k ep t i c s an d at h e is t s shared by humans and mice. ” Collins’ “theistic evolution” perspective Either half my colleagues are has been shared enormously stupid, or else the science by many kindred of Darwinism is fully compatible with spirits throughout conventional religious beliefs—and modern Christian equally compatible with atheism.