08-14-2012, 01:17 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2010
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1. Is modern Christianity wed to materialism in a way we aren't normally aware of, leading to a culture war between science and religion?
2. If our religion is whatever our ultimate concern is, to what extent have atheism and science become religions, and how does that feed into the culture war?
Nice to have had a fellow Brit on the show--his Web site looks interesting.
I'm not sure I quite got what science being wed to religion meant in the context of the discussion. The thing that came into my mind was more about their divorce (as Sheldrake has mentioned) when they decided to carve things up between them a few centuries back.
It seems to me that Bannister is seeking to catalyse a reconciliation--by providing a forum, or the means, for productive dialogue. I like very much the idea of checking out one's prejudices at the door, which is something I try to do myself; but all over the place, Skeptiko included, the estranged pair argue and get bitchy, forgetting that underneath, they're both passionate about what concerns them: and they both want the truth.
The thing is, perhaps they ought to consider the possibility that apprehending the truth involves hierogamy--a sacred union of opposites or complementaries. A yin-yang wholeness that honours both the spiritual and the analytical. In extremis, I think that spirit without analysis may lead to gullibility; analysis without spirit, to philosophical nihilism.