Re: The unification of science and religion?
01101001, I think this quote is very pertinent, especially after the recent election relsults:
I also think it's clear that an even stronger statement can be made, i.e., The view that without religion you cannot have a meaningful life or high motivation is thus shown to be false.
In conclusion, let me say that we are living through a period of exacerbated religiosity in the United States. There seems to be a new spiritual paradigm emerging, contesting both scientific and methodological naturalism. The United States is an anomaly in this regard, especially in contrast with the decline of religious belief in Europe. Recent scientific polls of belief in European countries-France, Germany, England, and others, even Japan-indicate that the level of belief in a theistic being and the institutionalized practice of organized religion have declined considerably; yet these highly secular societies exemplify good moral behavior, and are far less violent than the United States. The view that without religion you cannot have a meaningful life or high motivation is thus thrown into question. We should not take the current religious bias regnant in America today as necessarily universal for all cultures.
Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.