There are a ton of blogs out there about science, religion, and evolution. Pharyngula and sensuous curmudgeon are two that spring to mind quickly. Both of these are very good blogs that I would highly recommend. So, you might ask, how is this blog any different than the many others? It is written by a regular guy who hasn’t closed the door on faith and religion yet is hesitant to run through it headlong with out peaking inside first and asking some questions.
It seems to me that many of the folks engaged in the so-called “science and religion debate” are at polar opposites of a wide continuum of possible beliefs. As a result many of these folks, both religious fundamentalists and atheists, come across as zealous nut-jobs. Being confrontational and in-your-face does little to advance your point, no matter what it is. The people they are trying to reach instantly put their guard up. I would be willing to bet that most people fall somewhere in between the opposites of religious fundamentalist and atheist. These middle of the road people are the people I want to reach.
It’s okay to think and ask questions and be spiritually faithful. It is not okay to believe something blindly without thinking about what you believe and why you believe it. Similarly, it is not okay to criticize and belittle someone for what they believe (I have been guilty of this in the past)or don’t believe. However, stupid is as stupid does. I do think it is okay to call someone out when they DO something stupid. Regardless of what someone believes then, if they say or do something not so bright it should be brought to their attention. I’ll hazard a guess it will happen on this very blog at some point.
Finally, whatever you believe and whatever your relationship with a supernatural entity, it’s personal. It should be kept that way. No one wants to be brow beaten and belittled for not sharing someone else’s beliefs. By all means talk civilly about what you believe with whoever WANTS TO hear it, but don’t force your beliefs on anyone.
So it begins. As this blog progresses I will be adding posts based on some recent books I’ve read, including How to Think Theologically, The Faith Instinct, and Science and Theology: an introduction. If you find anything I written so far, make a comment below and let the civil banter begin…