Overview. Assumptions & Definitions Brief History Major Current Issues. Faith & Reason Background & Major Issues. Assumptions. Faith and reason are both sources of authority upon which beliefs can rest.
Faith & ReasonBackground & Major Issues
470 - 399 BCE
427 - 347 BCE
384 - 322 BCE
"When I wrote my treatise about our system, I had my eye upon such principles as might work with considering men for the belief of a deity; and nothing can rejoice me more than to find it useful for that purpose."
─In answer to a question from a clergyman about the connection between his cosmology and belief in God
With the rise of a new rationalistic climate in the Enlightenment, philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and Jean-Jacques Rousseau argued that science and religion were two separate domains that must be kept apart.
1.Observe, measure, quantify, correlate mathematical data.
2.Induce (creatively construct) general hypotheses (possible explanations) for what was observed.
3.Deduce specific things that must also be true if an hypothesis is true.
4.Test the hypothesis by checking out the deduced implications.
Evolution versus Creationism
Scene from Gattaca, a futuristic story of a genetically imperfect man and his seemingly unobtainable goal to travel in space...
M100, one of the spiral nebulae, in the nearby Virgo cluster of galaxies
Design / Purpose
What are your personal issues in encountering God in today’s world?