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Religion without God
Too Much of one and not enough other!
I very much enjoyed the audio book. Mr. Dowd is obviously passionate about his subject and it showed in his writing and reading. I took much away from it and specifically his concept of integrity; I have been viewing my own life and actions from that perspective and it has been making a very positive difference in my life. My have only a few critiques. First, his understanding of God and Jesus, which I very much agree with, is so unlike the God and Jesus of the bible, that it seems he feels it is just an old myth that was appropriate for the time, but really doesn't hold much value today. He claims a number of times that he is down with scripture, but I didn't find many example of where he thinks the bible has deep underlying truths that are absolutely applicable to life today.
The second is that, although he gives a caveat that science is fallible and can be swayed by opinion, he then goes on to express, dare I say, a religious belief in "science". Scientific experiment that is cut and dry and provable beyond nearly any doubt (ie: the speed of light) are factual, but when you start calling Darwinian Evolution in its entirety "science", you start getting yourself in trouble. Like the Bible, Darwin wrote his "theory" when little information about genetics, never mind the extraordinary complexity of genetic structure, was even know. The religious fervor with which most scientist defend the theory of random mutation and natural selection as the causative elements of evolution of the species smacks of the same dogma shown by christian fundamentalists in defending the bible as literal. The challenge is that what is so often called "science" is not even close to science (see "Global Warmi"...I mean "Climate Change"). Real science, such as big bang theory, quantum theroy etc., can be viewed through a spiritual light and help get a deeper understanding of the fundamental nature of our world (God), the other outdated and junk science, can't be very helpful.
- Chris Drummond