sylvia.hope at CASMAIL.CALACADEMY.ORG
Tue Sep 30 02:47:16 CDT 1997
The religious endeavor needs the understanding and
communication with scientists, not their contempt. For some
obscure reason God was set up as the authority and guardian
of morality and connected to the idea of solace and
everlasting life. Evolution undermined all this and the
ancient foundation of the social order - and what have we
got? Better medicine is not enough. Clever arguments that
science has led to material gains leave the spirit empty -
I think some scientists are so fundamentally worried about
the emptiness out there underscored by their daily endeavors
that they express their fear as contempt for the solace of
religion. Did Darwin say something about the expression of
an emotion by the display of its opposite? And there was S.
Freud with reaction formation.
There are programs of scientific research into ethics and
morality - has anyone asked - why has the belief in a god
been such a powerful force in human history? How did it
start? Don't tell me it's a plot to control the masses.
Are such studies even more deconstructionist for religion?
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