Thursday, March 11, 2010

Amazon on Ruse

I just learned of Michale Ruse's new book In Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science, via Why Evolution is True. I can't say much about the book itself, but I will pick apart the Amazon blurb.

According to,
In Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science, Michael Ruse offers a new analysis of the often troubled relationship between science and religion. Arguing against both extremes – in one corner, the New Atheists; in the other, the Creationists and their offspring the Intelligent Designers – he asserts that science is undoubtedly the highest and most fruitful source of human inquiry. Yet, by its very nature and its deep reliance on metaphor, science restricts itself and is unable to answer basic, significant, and potent questions about the meaning of the universe and humankind’s place within it: Why is there something rather than nothing?
I'm pretty sure that's within the domain of astrophysics.
What is the ultimate source and foundation of morality?
You'll get a lot farther understanding human thought and behavior via sociology, psychology, and biology.
What is the nature of consciousness?
Sounds like a job for neuroscience!
What is the meaning of it all?
Assuming there is one... but actions only have meaning when they have sentient causers. We have no reason to believe the universe was created by a being, sentient or otherwise.
Ruse shows that one can legitimately be a skeptic about all of these questions, and yet why it is open for a Christian, or member of any faith, to offer answers. Scientists, he concludes, should be proud of their achievements but modest about their scope. Christians should be confident of their mission but respectful of the successes of science.
OK, so... basically they're saying that anything we don't know RIGHT NOW, stop working on it, because religion has already made up an answer. That god of the gaps gets smaller every day.

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