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- Publisher: R.D. Hood; 1 edition (November 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2010
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Heaven on Earth: The Intersection of Religion and Science Kindle Edition
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The primary core of definitions for religion he found in all of the online entries was belief in a superhuman power responsible for creating the universe. One of the four definitions used the term supernatural rather than superhuman, which puts this definition in opposition to naturalistic science. Hood argues that the laws of physics could be considered a superhuman creative power. If you agree, you might be willing to consider science as a religion. I happen to think otherwise. To me, scientific laws are simply human concepts that summarize observed regularities, and thus have no creative power.
Secondarily, some of the definitions mention faith in, and worship of, the superhuman creator. Here, Hood argues that the "primary" meaning of faith is trust, rather than the narrower, traditionally religious meaning of belief without visible evidence. If we trust the scientific method for obtaining knowledge, we might be described as having faith in science. Personally, I think that the online dictionaries meant faith in the narrower religious sense as they were defining religion, so, like Richard Dawkins, I am reluctant to say that science and religions depend on faith in the same way.
As far as worship goes, I have seen many scientists, including E. O. Wilson and Richard Dawkins, describe their reverence for nature, their respect for science, and their humility in light of the vastness and ordered complexity of the universe. Still, to me this is a far cry from kowtowing to a personified power, begging for mercy or favors, which is the way I see worship in most religions.
As much as I would like to engage in further detailed analysis of this essay, I do not want to horrendously overrun Amazon's suggested word limit. So I will conclude by first saying that I was unconvinced that science should be called a religion, but that this is because I disagree with some of the definitions of basic concepts, and others might be more willing to accept Hood's definitions. Despite not being sold on the argument, I nevertheless enjoyed the work immensely because Hood is carefully tentative in his arguments, just as a good scientist should be. He is also conversant in evolutionary theory and understands how both religion and science evolved to serve adaptive functions in human affairs. The eBook was good food for thought.
Strangely, some religious people like to say that there is evidence for their faith, which is an oxymoron. Because if that were so what further need would there be for them to have faith? It would have become redundant. But they would at least then be free.
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