Faith, Hope and Doubt Kindle Edition
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From this perspective, values, aesthetics and ethics matter. Since they can determine what is done and what is left undone, they can change reality. Ellis also makes a strong case that ethics (what should be done) are discovered rather than invented. Our spiritual experiences - our sense of the sacred - provide valid data about the reality of which we are part. Interestingly, he finds that kenosis (the traditional Christian term for self-giving self-emptying love) has real transformative power wherever it is discovered.
Science itself depends upon this self-emptying ethic. One can’t seek truth without the willingness to give up even one’s most dearly held theories. To be a good scientist, or a person of faith, we must remain uncertain, but full of hope – uncertain so that we can give up our narrow views and full of hope so that we can make the essential leaps of faith required to achieve new understanding.
Read Ellis if you are looking for an accomplished cosmologist who can easily summarize key issues in the relation of science and faith, but who has a clear sense of the power of intention to be a transformative agent in our physical universe.
In this book you will learn about the following: why the ideas of Charles Darwin pose no theological problem whatsoever, why science has not even begun to understand consciousness and why it possibly never will, why no one can ever live in a purely rational way, what it means to have mature faith (as opposed to juvenile fundamentalism), why biological kin theory does not even remotely explain altruism, and why the anthropic principle makes the most sense. Ellis believes that the universe is governed by moral principles as well as mathematical principles. What does science teach us about the nature of God? That the meaning of life is the refusal to do violence to creation and that one must embrace the principle of self emptying. I will leave it to Ellis to fully explain what that means as you really can't put its enormity into a soundbite. Anyway, a remarkable read.