Philosophize: Are religion and science compatible? Can they work together to illuminate meaning in our lives? Or do they contradict each other?
Starter 2.21 : Response to NOMA and the “Skeptic”:
React to the idea of “Non-overlapping Magisteria” and/or Michael Shermer’s article. Identify a specific passage in the article and agree or disagree with it.
Stephen Jay Gould's "NOMA" Non-overlapping Magisteria
Read Gould's original article (linked) for more depth of information!
Non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA) is the view advocated by Stephen Jay Gould that science and religion each represent different areas of inquiry, fact vs. values, so there is a difference between the "nets"  over which they have "a legitimate magisterium, or domain of teaching authority," and the two domains do not overlap. He suggests, with examples, that "NOMA enjoys strong and fully explicit support, even from the primary cultural stereotypes of hard-line traditionalism" and that it is "a sound position of general consensus, established by long struggle among people of goodwill in both magisteria." Still, there continues to be disagreement over where the boundaries between the two magisteria should be.
Quote from Gould: "Our failure to discern a universal good does not record any lack of insight or ingenuity, but merely demonstrates that nature contains no moral messages framed in human terms. Morality is a subject for philosophers, theologians, students of the humanities, indeed for all thinking people. The answers will not be read passively from nature; they do not, and cannot, arise from the data of science. The factual state of the world does not teach us how we, with our powers for good and evil, should alter or preserve it in the most ethical manner"
Watch Rick Warren's TED Talk"A Life of Purpose"
- How does his faith give him purpose?
- Are his arguments convincing?
- ven if you are not religious, what can we learn from his example?
Religion and science are inherently incompatible.A religious worldview gives life more meaning than a scientific worldview.
Journal 2.21: Reflect on today's deconstruction.
How do religion and other forms of spirituality give meaning and purpose to human life? How does science? Can the two work together to illuminate meaning or do they contradict each other? Which gives your life more meaning?