By Greta Christina, Greta Christina’s Blog. Posted October 30, 2009.
Many of the beliefs held by religious moderates — smart people who respect science and the separation of church and state — are as untenable as the dogma of fundamentalists.
And I want to point out that even these beliefs are in direct contradiction of the vast preponderance of available evidence — almost as much as the obscure cults and the rigid fundamentalist dogma.
So let’s go! Today’s beliefs on the chopping block are:
1: Evolution guided by God.
2: An immaterial soul that animates human consciousness.
3: A sentient universe.
These strategies by left to debunk religion tend to get absolutely nowhere, because they are based on a kind of Feuerbachian/Marxist tradition of anti-religion that is stuck in the nineteenth century.
This particular effort here is odd in including the proposition about a sentient universe as one of its targets. I would not wish to defend the thesis of a sentient universe. But I would not wish to defend its antithesis.
That issue apart, the question of evolution, and soul, however confused by religionists, are almost never properly addressed by followers of reductionist scientism or leftist anti-religion.
The issue of evolution guided by god is mis-stated: the real issue is whether Darwin’s theory of natural selection is really science, or whether natural teleology is an aspect of a real scientific theory.
The question of soul is also mis-stated: a Kantian perspective on the question will suggest that the overall framework of consciousness is larger than its space-time perceptual function.
We arrive instantly, if not at soul belief, then a complexification of standard scientism.
To call beliefs in the field of religion silly is ill-advised. I can think of nothing sillier than the reductionist scientism of Darwinists, turned into dogma. Small wonder ‘silly’ religionists refuse to budge.