Monday, May 26, 2008

The Need for Scholasticism

A new book asks, and is titled, "Does science make belief in God obsolete?" The series is comprised of 13 short essays published by the John Templeton Foundation. I read of this originally from the The Times, "Can Science and God Ever Get Along?" by Tim Hames.

The series promotes the supposition that faith and reason are inversely related subjects. Of the contributors only one contends that the relationships between faith and reason is something other than antagonistic, or at the very least divorced.

Certainly, I would rather have Christopher Hitchens crass answer, "No, but is should." Than the more dangerous excursus made by Jerome Groopman (a Harvard professor of Medicine). Groopman writes, "As a physician and researcher, I employ science to decipher human biology and treat disease. As a person of faith, I look to my religious tradition for the touchstones of a moral life."

He continues, "So, the question of obsolescence is miscast, because science and faith should exist in separate realms."

This is the folly of Christianity today.

If faith is simply another 'realm' of ones life, if it is merely another book section in Barnes and Noble, if it is only a moral hobby, than it will surely and sorely be misunderstood.

None of the religious leaders took to task the underlying supposition. That faith is not some mere and somewhat queer "feeling" that rests within someone. Though a few made overtures of how morality (and thus, perhaps God) may influence how we implement science, no one argued how reason is a necessary part of faith.

Of all the writers the most well spoken was Keith Miller, a professor at Brown University. He writes, “The categorical mistake of the atheist is to assume that God is natural and therefore within the realm of science to investigate and test. But God is not and cannot be part of nature. He is the answer to existence, not part of existence itself.”

That morality and science are distinct and separate is myth of modernity and the university. It makes for a Procrustean either/or that need not be. There is a need for Scholasticism. The Augustinian phrase, "faith seeking understanding" needs reasserted by the Church while at the same time coupled by the academe's adoptions of the phrase, "understanding seeking faith." There is a middle ground that is larger than the two margins.

So, my answer? Does science make belief in God obsolete? No, and it shouldn't.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Political Blogging - A Presumptive Nominee; Not So Presumptive

I've never been so proud of being an Hooiser.

Two weeks ago I said that North Carolina would be the coup de grace for the Clinton campaign. Not so (though North Carolina did go for Obama by 14 points). Rather, it was Indiana, and the Obama strong-holds of Marion and Lake counties.

While writing, the Gary votes are being counted and reported, and the 20,000 vote lead Clinton holds to is slowly eroding. Monroe county absentee votes (mostly from faculty and students of IU) are still not reported, but will certainly break strong for Obama.

It has been reported that Clinton has cancelled all morning show interviews, and all other public appearances for tomorrow.

The Clinton campaign sent out a fund-raising email in the past hour, but didn't ask for more funds.

The show is over.
Tomorrow expect media spin that praises Obama's comeback, and at least 12 super-delegates pledging for Obama. The stories will be not if, but when Hillary drops out, and who will Obama choose for the V-P spot.