Reason, Faith and Folly

faith & reasob

Freudians and political radicals, along with a great many people who would see themselves as neither, are aware that without reason we are sunk, but that reason, even so, is not in the end what is most fundamental about us. Richard Dawkins claims with grandiloquent folly that religious faith dispenses with reason altogether, which wasn’t true even of the dim-witted authoritarian clerics who knocked me around at grammar school. Without reason, we perish; but reason does not go all the way down. It is not wall to wall. Even Richard Dawkins lives more by faith than by reason. There are even those uncharitable observers who have detected the mildest whiff of obsessive irrationalism in his zealous campaign for secular rationality. His anti-religious zeal makes the Gran Inquisitor look like a soggy liberal.

–Terry Eagleton,
Reason, Faith, and Revolution

Science and Spirituality

science & God

Spirituality allows not for replication and measurement, but for the discovering of meaning in the face of the absurdity of life. For, life is indeed absurd: Science might ultimately answer the question of how, however its ability to answer the question of why remains very much in doubt. By definition, God the creator is outside of creation and is not subject to the methods of scientific verification that evolved within His creation. A logical conclusion (using the perspective of modern science) is that God must not exist. To the spiritual believer, this lack of objective verification is unimportant since the creator would stand outside of His creation and thus could not be measured from those within.

–Howard E. Doweiko,
Concepts of Chemical Dependency