an ambitious goal: to "defeat scientific materialism

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an ambitious goal: to "defeat scientific materialism

Postby onepence » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:39 am

Can You Say Hidden Agenda?
by Jason Miller

"In 1998, members of a Seattle nonprofit think tank drafted a secret five-year plan with an ambitious goal: to "defeat scientific materialism" and "replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God."





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both "sides" are right and wrong

Postby Sean H. » Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:55 am

Discovery Institute is clearly wrong about the vast majority of the "science" involved with evolution. On the other hand, they are right that "science" is a product of liberalism (which rejects "traditional authority", including most religion), and as such, is quite hostile to spirituality.

Mainstream evolutionary scientists are right about the vast majority of the "science" involving evolution (with some interesting exceptions that they frequently try to ignore), but their tendency to be hostile to spirituality is unnecessary. What is necessary is for scientists to "comprehend" the reasons that some religious and spiritual people feel that "science" promotes hostility to the Sacred ("materialism").

What religious people need to do is to try to understand why many scientists feel that continued forward "social progress" (and possibly the stability of democracy) is seriously threatened by religious fundamentalism.

There are a number of good organizations that have done tremendous research on evolution, science, and religion, such as AAAS, Templeton, and many other smaller groups.

In the near future, neuroscience and linguistics is going to tell humanity a *lot* of new stuff about human consciousness and spirituality.

Mark Turner's work is excellent. "Cognitive Dimensions of Social Science" is a good starting point.

There are already some preliminary ideas about an evolutionary model of human spiritual development, and how the spiritual, moral, rational and "systems" (ecological) aspects of human consciousness all work together as a holistic entity.

Once that is accomplished, "science" and "religion" will no longer have to "war" with each other, rather, they can work together to enable the peoples of the planet to build an "ever advancing civilization".


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