Whether religious leaders or scientific experts, as human beings, we begin by trusting our source.
Does religion offer something special that science doesn’t?
Religion and science needn’t live in their own echo chambers. Rather, they can coexist in a meaningful way, both informing the other.
Religious people feel threatened by secular, scientific-worldview people, and secular people, conversely, feel threatened by religious thought. How do we find common ground?
If you see someone wearing a cross, or a hijab, or a kipah, don’t assume they are anti-science. And if you hear someone works in a lab, or does experiments, or simply loves science, don’t assume they are anti-religious.
The Modeling Religion Project at the Center for Mind and Culture in Boston uses computer simulations to refine and compare theories of religion, cognition, and culture.
Why are humans religious? As an aspiring rabbi, this is a central question of my life.
Are we hard-wired to believe in God? This is an area of investigation that has been called by some “neurotheology.”
Human confidence in what we think we know for certain almost always involves hope in things unseen.
If you’re curious about religion as a human phenomenon, this massive online-only course (MOOC) through the University of British Columbia will be a good opportunity to start learning.