Can Religion be Reconciled with Science?
The central issue in science and religion is whether we can any longer plausibly think of the cosmos as purposeful. Instead of using the term “purpose” we could also speak here about the “point” of the universe in order to enter a conversation initiated by Steven Weinberg’s (1977) oft-cited remark that the more comprehensible the universe becomes to physics the more “pointless” it also seems to be. Religions, at least for the most part, have taught us that the universe is permeated by a principle of order or “rightness.” In biblical circles, for example, the universe is the expression of a divine “Wisdom” or an eternal Logos, and in Eastern religious thought nature is deeply connected to ultimate principles known as Rta, Dharma or the Tao. The cosmos, in these traditional teachings, is more than just blind and meaningless commotion. It is the expression of a transcendent Meaning (Haught, 2000).
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