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|Political ideologies, or ideologies wielded in the service of politics, share the property that they can erase any reality that contradicts them. -Thomas A. Wiebe||Quotes|
Ross Douthat, the American conservative apologist, a Catholic and a right-wing Republican, in his Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, argues that America can only be steered away from its benighted direction if it embraces religious orthodoxy, and not just any orthodoxy, but that of Christianity, by which he means his sect, Catholicism, which he describes as a highly paradoxical religion whose orthodox views provide a necessary and hard won narrative: The one true synthesis of those paradoxical elements.
Book Book Review, Title People of the Book, Author Geraldine Brooks, Rating 4.0,
People of the Book
Geraldine Brook's historical novel, People of the Book, tells the fascinating and uplifting story of how people of different faiths created and protected a Jewish book of worship known as the Sarajevo Haggadah for over five hundred years, a period marked by much religious conflict.
Pope Francis, recently elected, has my attention and admiration.Â I must admit to having been uninterested in those men who have occupied the papacy during my lifetime; I am not a Catholic, nor particularly religious for that matter.Â Â But Francis seems different: He has humbly eschewed the pomp of the office, worries aloud and often about the poor, opens the door to all, emphasizes a loving attitude towards homosexuals (contrary to so many fundamentalists of various religions), openly questions the excesses of the marketplace, has recently taken steps to deal more honestly with the pedophilia issues within his Church, and emphasizes much more the mystery of God rather than the rigid confines of orthodoxy and doctrine.
"Adherents of religion and science too often want toÂ ownÂ the unknown"
Victor Stenger, a physicist who has written extensively about religion and science, asserts emphatically that science and religion cannot be reconciled, and at best merely coexist in parallel thought universes. His primary argument is that faith requires no evidence and science does. Alfred North Whitehead, in his essay Religion and Science, emphasizes the commonality of change in both science and religion, and that both are more plastic than the controversialists from either camp would acknowledge. Is Stenger one of those controversialists? Can religion and science be reconciled?
Book Book Review, Title How Now Shall We Live?, Author Charles Colson, Rating 2.0,
How Now Shall We Live?
By the time Charles Colson got out of prison in the mid-70's, having been convicted for acts of political skullduggery during the Watergate scandal, he had converted to Evangelical Christianity. How Now Shall We Live was his best-seller, an homage to Francis Schaeffer's view of Western history. Schaeffer was a presuppositional millennialist who in the 1970's left the quiet life of a Christian intellectual to help lead the evangelicals to the heights of political activism we see today in the U.S.
Just because you believe something to be true doesn't mean it is true.
Conversely, just because something cannot be proven doesn't mean it isn't true.