Discussions between science and faith continue to flourish in public discourse. Just this weekend, another volunteer of mine mentioned her need of resources for addressing the evolution debate. Though we talked very little about it, I’m assuming there is rhetoric on both sides that is continually difficult to mitigate. Both sides continue to be passionate and emotional, that it is often difficult to get to the truth of anything without spin, manipulation, irrationality, and sometimes downright contempt.
The tension between being a faithful believer in the text of Genesis, or simply a theist, while dismissing the dogmatic impositions of Creationism upon the Text, balancing that with continued scientific discoveries and newly emerging philosophical arguments for compatibility in these areas…a person’s mind could explode (which isn’t very progressive).
My friend referred me to this site this weekend: http://www.templeton.org/. While I have not yet thoroughly read through the material, I’m very intrigued with what I’ve seen thus far, and believe that the questions they’re asking, and their apparent approach to the subject in very thoughtful and honest ways will help aid the discussion and actually propel us forward rather than backward.
In keeping with Sir John Templeton‘s intent, his Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. We support work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. We also seek to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children. Learn more about the Foundation’s “Core Themes.”
THE BIG QUESTIONS:
* Does science make belief in God obsolete?
* Will money solve Africa’s development problems?
* Does the universe have a purpose?
I hope to post some responses to papers and articles on the questions above that I read over the upcoming weeks and months ahead.