Closing our religion coverage for the week (a bit late), over at ReligionNews.com, Emily McFarlane Miller reports that Mike McHargue tells us:
‘Science Mike’ McHargue: ‘Christians aren’t stupid, and atheists aren’t evil’
What are some of the most compelling things you’ve found in your scientific studies that point you back to God?
Probably the first thing would be how ideally suited the human brain is as a host for beliefs about God, the way belief seems to be relatively inevitable a consequence of human consciousness, and the way our brains tend to develop in healthy ways when we indulge that belief, especially in a God who is loving. Beyond that, as you learn more about cosmology and physics, particle physics or quantum physics, you find our world is at least as mysterious and beautiful and, I might even poetically say, magical as anything depicted in the sacred texts of the world’s great wisdom traditions.More.
McHargue’s right, of course, but the usual naturalist atheist response is simply to claim that “evolution” means that we cannot understand reality and don’t have free will. That point of view, as it sinks in, will have serious political and legal implications, not just religious ones.
Meanwhile, there is a lot of unqualified science-and-religion stuff out there.
Some of us find it helpful to ask, what science and whose religion are we discussing?
It makes a difference whether the “science” is nuclear physics or astrobiology. It makes a difference whether the religion is Buddhism or traffic in shrunken heads.
Back to our regular coverage shortly.
See also: Science writer John Farrell gets BioLogos right Farrell is polite about the BioLogos sucker punch drunks, but there is no concealing that rejecting design in nature means embracing naturalist atheism in the end. The trick is to spin out the “religion” schtick long enough that people don’t notice. Being nice helps.
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