Jan 12

Science and Religion

Science and Religion
The topic of “science and religion” seems to be popular lately (including
a lively
comments debate
). Here are some offerings from blogs I read.

of a Pertinacious Papist

“Kirk Kanzelberger, a good friend of mine who is a Caltech grad currently
completing his doctorate in philosophy at Fordham, has just created a new blog you
will want to keep your eye on, by the name of Sapor Sapientiae.
In his opening post, he addresses the question, “Why is it that there are smart
people who believe in God, and smart people who don’t?” I think you will find
his Pascalian approach in answering this question quite provocative. Have a look
and leave a comment telling him what you think. Oh, and here’s the link
to his post.”

I Am a Christian Too

” I have spent a good amount of time on this blog disagreeing with the Christian
right, so I thought it only fair that I also disagree with their arch-enemies, the
professional religion-debunkers such as Richard
, Michael Shermer and Daniel
. They are part of the ‘brights’ movement
that attempted to coin that word as a noun to describe themselves and other unbelievers.
While I agree completely with what they have to say about science and pseudoscience,
I obviously disagree with them about religion, and specifically about their view
that ‘intelligent Christian’ is an oxymoron. ”


“‘Few today will have seen the words ‘Jesus’ and ‘logician’ put together to
form a phrase or sentence,’ says philosopher Dallas
, ‘unless it would be to deny any connection between them at all. The
phrase ‘Jesus the logician’ is not ungrammatical, any more than is ‘Jesus the carpenter.’
But it ‘feels’ upon first encounter to be something like a category mistake or error
in logical type, such as ‘Purple is asleep, or More people live in the winter than
in cities,’ or ‘Do you walk to work or carry your lunch?'”

“As Willard goes on to point out in his intriguing article ‘Jesus
the Logician’
there is in our culture an uneasy relation between Jesus and intelligence.
We consider it almost absurd to imagine him as a ‘thinker.’ Yet while he did not
produce theories of logic, like Aristotle or Frege, he was a master of logical
forms. ‘When I speak of ‘Jesus the logician,’ says Willard, ‘I refer to his use
of logical insights: to his mastery and employment of logical principles in his
work as a teacher and public figure'”

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