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Deists and scientists: peaceful coexistence

kowalskil
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2/22/2011 1:36:49 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
I would very much like to know what people on this website think about peaceful coexistence between those who study our material world (scientists) and those who study our spiritual world (theologians). My attempt to write an essay on that subject failed, as you can see at:

http://csam.montclair.edu...

The webpage was prepared to generate a discussion. Those who post comments should refer to specific "contributions," as numbered (or to specific persons, as numbered at the beginning). This will simplify the discussion.

And let us keep in mind that the main topic is peaceful coexistence. Is it possible? Is it desirable? What should we do promote it? etc.

Thank you in advance,

Ludwik Kowalski (see Google and Wikipedia)
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Montclair State University

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Ludwik Kowalski, author of "Diary of a Former Communist: Thoughts, Feelings, Reality." <http://csam.montclair.edu...

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It is a testimony based on a diary kept between 1946 and 2004 (in the USSR, Poland, France and the USA).

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RoyLatham
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2/22/2011 1:50:02 PM
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I think Comment 8 is the most important, "Yes, mixing science with religion is not useful. Science can only answer falsifiable questions; Faith is belief in the absence of evidence."

People instinctively want answers to all questions, even answers unknown to science. There is no problem so long as science does not have the answers, because then whatever religion offers is not contradicted. If religion is not truly contradicted, it's harmless. For example, a religion that teaches immoral behavior is contradicted by natural law, which is to say human genetic programming. This means that as science explains more, religion should retreat, and often religion does not.
innomen
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2/22/2011 1:51:21 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 2/22/2011 1:36:49 PM, kowalskil wrote:
I would very much like to know what people on this website think about peaceful coexistence between those who study our material world (scientists) and those who study our spiritual world (theologians). My attempt to write an essay on that subject failed, as you can see at:

http://csam.montclair.edu...

The webpage was prepared to generate a discussion. Those who post comments should refer to specific "contributions," as numbered (or to specific persons, as numbered at the beginning). This will simplify the discussion.

And let us keep in mind that the main topic is peaceful coexistence. Is it possible? Is it desirable? What should we do promote it? etc.

Thank you in advance,

Ludwik Kowalski (see Google and Wikipedia)
Professor Emeritus
Montclair State University

My om-line autoboigraphy ----> http://csam.montclair.edu...

It is possible if certain concessions are made on both sides. Science sticks to the realm of how, and theologists stick to the why's.
Puck
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2/22/2011 4:00:26 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Jerry Coyne, a prominent biologist often writes about the incompatability between the two, so you may want to look there. Nature ran a piece on the topic as well, available to download here: http://www.nature.com...