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In honor of Darwin's 200th birthday, I wish to share with you Evolution Weekend 2009. Congregations across the nation and the world are getting together to both seriously discuss the relationship between science and religion and demonstrate that there is no inherent conflict between the theory of evolution and religious belief. Even if religion isn't your bag, you might still wish to mention it to friends and family who are religious. People can participate this year by finding a congregation in their area (via the pull-down menu), or they can see if their religious leader/congregation would be willing to participate next year.
brynndragon: (In Vitro)
In honor of Darwin's 200th birthday, I wish to share with you Evolution Weekend 2009. Congregations across the nation and the world are getting together to both seriously discuss the relationship between science and religion and demonstrate that there is no inherent conflict between the theory of evolution and religious belief. Even if religion isn't your bag, you might still wish to mention it to friends and family who are religious. People can participate this year by finding a congregation in their area (via the pull-down menu), or they can see if their religious leader/congregation would be willing to participate next year.
brynndragon: (tye-dye love)
I have said in the past that Barack Obama is the me I wish I was in some ways. There are a series of similarities that make it very easy for me to identify with him (along with a slew of differences that will make him into a wonderful President while I am becoming a fine healer-scientist ;P). One such similarity is described in this essay: possessing a faith that is thoughtful and compassionate (I am not as far along the path as Obama, I think, but it is a path I walk). I hope that my atheist friends will see that this is the noble aspect of faith in counterpoint to the savagery that Dawkins properly decries (his mistake is in believing that it is an inherent failing of faith, rather than placing the blame on the shoulders of humanity itself in all of its endeavors, be they faith-based or from purest reason). I hope that my friends with faith will see that we are not at odds with atheists or a certain flavor of Christianity per se, but with the fundamental notion that there is only one answer, that it can be made clear and obvious to everyone, and anyone who understands it but fails to agree is evil; furthermore, that this notion is not inherent to either of those groups but reflects a certain mindset that again can be found within humanity in all of its endeavors. But the nobility I mentioned before is also present in us all - it is simply a matter of finding a way to bring it out. . .
brynndragon: (tye-dye love)
I have said in the past that Barack Obama is the me I wish I was in some ways. There are a series of similarities that make it very easy for me to identify with him (along with a slew of differences that will make him into a wonderful President while I am becoming a fine healer-scientist ;P). One such similarity is described in this essay: possessing a faith that is thoughtful and compassionate (I am not as far along the path as Obama, I think, but it is a path I walk). I hope that my atheist friends will see that this is the noble aspect of faith in counterpoint to the savagery that Dawkins properly decries (his mistake is in believing that it is an inherent failing of faith, rather than placing the blame on the shoulders of humanity itself in all of its endeavors, be they faith-based or from purest reason). I hope that my friends with faith will see that we are not at odds with atheists or a certain flavor of Christianity per se, but with the fundamental notion that there is only one answer, that it can be made clear and obvious to everyone, and anyone who understands it but fails to agree is evil; furthermore, that this notion is not inherent to either of those groups but reflects a certain mindset that again can be found within humanity in all of its endeavors. But the nobility I mentioned before is also present in us all - it is simply a matter of finding a way to bring it out. . .
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Meeting at Infinity: What Theists and Atheists Can Learn From Each Other

I'll let the article speak for itself:
Both sides need to understand this: Not everyone who disagrees with you is stupid or obstinate or hard-hearted or evil. Some people disagree because they have experiences that don’t fit neatly into your categories. You need to respect that possibility if you’re going to have a productive conversation.
brynndragon: (Default)
Meeting at Infinity: What Theists and Atheists Can Learn From Each Other

I'll let the article speak for itself:
Both sides need to understand this: Not everyone who disagrees with you is stupid or obstinate or hard-hearted or evil. Some people disagree because they have experiences that don’t fit neatly into your categories. You need to respect that possibility if you’re going to have a productive conversation.

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