As commonly presented the great battle between science and religion over evolution is intractable. This book maintains that the approaches both sides take in the debate drive most of the fury in the debate. Although the facts of evolution are beyond doubt, the big mistake that many scientists make is to present these facts using a materialistic premise that is not scientifically defendable.
The resulting model for evolution implies that humans arose on this planet merely by chance, that the value of our lives is based only upon the genes that we carry within us, and that our lives are essentially meaningless. Naturally religious people recoil in horror as such a bleak view of human existence.
What Quantum Physics tells us about our origins ahd how we should live
Move over, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens--a highly regarded nuclear physicist enters the debate about the existence of God--and comes down on the side of the angels. Goswami's hypothesis is that quantum physics holds the key to all the unsolved mysteries of biology--the nature and origin of life, fossil gaps of evolution, why evolution proceeds from simple to complex, and why biological beings have feeling and consciousness.
In God is Not Dead, Goswami moves beyond theory and shows how a God-based science puts ethics and values where it belongs: at the center of our lives and societies. He provides a scientific model that steers between scientific materialism and religious fundamentalism; a model that has implications for how we live both individually and collectively.
This article might be more aptly titled "Crisis in Belief," for while clergy are abandoning the ministry and their faith in droves, it is belief that is in jeopardy. Most former ministers, including myself, eventually find freedom from faith to be exhilarating. These are men and women from every spectrum of christianity, from super literal fundamentalist to radical liberal. The simple fact is, that an increasing number of the people who are responsible for the day-to-day care of congregants come to realize that the biblical story is a sham, from beginning to end. While this is a freeing realization, it is fraught with anxiety for the pastor who realizes they don't believe, but are still employed by a congregation.
One day God was being interviewed by reporters about who could be President of the United States. After getting affirmative answers about individuals from many religions, genders and races, one reporter asked if an atheist could ever be President. God thought about that for a moment, and then replied, Of course an atheist could be President. But I doubt it will happen in my lifetime.
For the past few years, atheists such as P.Z. Meyers, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have been increasingly vocal in their challenges of religious belief and practice. Considering the influence of faith-based fundamentalism in the political arena, and its concomitant assault on the sciences, it is a welcome counter to the crazies who want to make the United States a theocracy, to hasten their apocalyptic vision of the world’s end through instigating a nuclear war in the Middle East, and the return of their messiah.
Most religions began with a channelled message from the spirit realms (for example, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Channelling is an immensely ancient ability that was used by prophets, sibyls, shamans and wisdom keepers of many of our earliest civilisations.
The process involves not only speaking to Spirit but also listening for a reply. On a visit to Mount Sinai/Horeb, Moses channelled the 10 Commandments, similarly other Old Testament prophets communed with their deity to gain wisdom.
Someone commented on a friend's wall on FB questioning why healers and mediums charge for their services. His argument was that spiritual teachers should teach through example and have faith that the universe will provide. He mentioned Buddha, monks, and shared a philosophical story about an old lady and a bag of precious stones.
The post was promoting one of my links, but I didn't join the fray. My friend and a couple of others spat chilli sauce in his eyes – she doesn't cook, so I was surprised she had some with her – and carved oi, oi, oi into his chest with a nail file, and he confessed that he had spent the last three years being fed and housed by strangers. He repaid those people by doing household chores and impersonating Oliver Twist, “Please Sir, I want some more.” In Australia, we call that free-loading, and if the chores aren't being done it's called raising teenagers.