New Meetup: Science and Religion Discussion Group

From: Julie S.
Sent on: Saturday, March 13, 2010 7:54 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Humanists of Houston Meetup Group!

What: Science and Religion Discussion Group

When: Friday, March 19,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Christ the King Lutheran Church
2353 Rice Boulevard
Houston, TX 77005

SPEAKER: Wilson Windle
TOPIC: Review of the Book by Karen Armstrong: "The Case for God"

Introduction: The general tone and much of the essence of Karen Armstrong?s book is captured in the first paragraph of her Epilogue. It reads as follows:

We have become used to thinking that religion should provide us with answers. Is there a God? How did the world come into being? But this is a modern preoccupation. Religion was never supposed to provide answers to questions that lay within the reach of human reason. That was the role of logos. Religion?s task, closely allied to that of art, was to help us to live creatively, peacefully and even joyously with the realities for which there were no easy explanations and problems that we could not solve: mortality, pain, grief, despair, and outrage at the injustice and cruelty of life. Over the centuries people in all cultures discovered that by pushing their reasoning powers to the limit, stretching language to the end of its tether, and living as selflessly and compassionately as possible, they experienced a transcendence that enabled them to affirm their suffering with serenity and courage. Scientific rationality can tell us why we have cancer; it can even cure us of our disease. But it cannot assuage the terror, disappointment, and sorrow that come with the diagnosis, nor can it help us to die well. That is not within its competence. Religion will not work automatically, however; it requires a great deal of effort and cannot succeed if it is facile, false, idolatrous, or self-indulgent.

Meeting is in the Conference Room, second floor. Parking available at the church parking lot (please do not park across the street in the parking lot of the veterinarian office).

Learn more here:
http://humanism.meetup.com/177/calendar/12865678/

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