Beyond Science and Religion


A Mind is Always Present: Materialism’s Fatal Flaw

Materialism, the doctrine that the entire cosmos and all living things can ultimately be reduced to mindless stuff, has many fundamental flaws.  Here is one of them: Even in the mindless, God-less, designer-less worldview of materialism, a mind is still present.  Where is this mind?  In the head of a scientific theorist who imagines that the intelligence and organizational ability of dead and dumb matter is much more creative than this matter could ever be on its own. Let me provide a bit more detail. At bottom, material scientists believe they can explain the entire universe using only matter and the laws of nature.  The laws of nature are necessary to give order and regularity to the dust that would otherwise scatter in the wind.   For example, the laws of gravity, chemistry, quantum theory, and nuclear fission are considered among those forces responsible for sculpting the large-scale structure of the...

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Einstein’s Moon

Albert Einstein famously said that, “belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science.”  This statement has become the governing principle of modern science and, in fact, the very definition of reality. It is echoed by leading modern scientists such as Lee Smolin, who writes in the The Trouble with Physics (p. 6-7), that “Physicists have traditionally expected that science should give an account of reality as it would be in our absence. . . . It cannot be that reality depends on our existence. . . . Philosophers call this view realism. It can be summarized by saying that the real world out there . . . must exist independently of us.”  Similarly, the late Stephen Hawking writes in The Grand Design (p. 43)(with Leonard Mlodinow) , that “[c]lassical science is based on the belief that there exists a real external world...

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The Realization That Together We Dream the World

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary defines the term “radical” as “marked by a considerable departure from the usual or traditional.”  In our modern world, the “usual or traditional” takes many forms, including “what most people think,” “what you grew up believing,” “what your religious teachers say,” or, on a grander scale, the governing scientific worldview.   It is my premise that the governing scientific worldview underlies and propells all other beliefs.  It is the foundation from which the other fields flow, from politics and economics to medicine and cosmology.  So if we want to truly change the world, we must change it at the root, we must shake the foundation, and then see how the other fields change to align with this new way of thinking. So what is the “governing scientific worldview?”   It is simply the belief that a massive world of matter, composed of tiny little particles, exists independently of human consciousness.  This...

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Give Peace a Real Chance

    Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18, King James Version   At this moment in history, there are 10 wars in progress, 1 billion people have no job, 3 billion people live in poverty, 800 million don’t have enough to eat, 100 million don’t have a home, 93 people per day are killed by guns in the U.S., and the world’s supply of nuclear weapons exceeds 15,000. Peace remains an elusive and quixotic goal, something for religious and political leaders to now and then mention, but a concept with no real place in the world agenda. But we are too limited in our vision.  Too scared to reach higher.  Too intimated by tough-talkers to even consider something that points toward peace instead of confrontation. This blog goes out on a limb and presents an option that remains faint over the horizon, but offers hope of a...

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An Interview with Tim Freke – The Soul Crisis

Modern science describes the workings of the physical world, and religion tries to do the same for the spiritual world. But science has reached its limits in seeking to define the universe as simply a mindless machine governed by impersonal and random forces. Religion forgets that God — and our conception of this Being — must itself evolve with time. Thus, we must go beyond science and religion, and break free from these old ways of thinking, to find a new and brighter perspective on viewing the world we live in. These podcasts feature interviews with a wide range of leading thinkers from the fields of science, spirituality, new age, and parapsychology who are offering original and creative ideas that expand our understanding of who we are and the place we find ourselves in....


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