Some use reason to support prejudice. Religious fundamentalists Allows no room for debate or dialogue Fundamentalism is a mindset that refutes any other ‘truth’ but their own. New Atheists (scientific fundamentalism) Allows no room for debate or dialogue Scientific fundamentalism does the same thing: example of Hawkins ‘memes’…no empirical evidence they exist
The sublime nature of realitygenerates a sense of awe and wonder We are a living miracle: the ineffable is a part of daily life. – Rabbi Michael Lerner
Susan Jacoby Why is an experience of beauty any different than other experiences? Why put them in a ‘transcendent’ category?
Narrator’s POV An inquiry into a question must begin with a presupposition. We make statements that presuppose things to be true without actually having proven them. Example: Will the party be any fun? This presupposes that parties CAN be fun.
Narrator: We can ask questions about the world that presuppose reason to be the only way to the truth. He maintains that experiences are possible that ‘feel’ to be more than that.
Who can understand everything? Susan Jacoby Believers say, “I don’t understand” but what they really mean is “I don’t accept it.” Then they ascribe it to MYSTERY. Dead is dead. Get over it. Reason helps us cope. Christopher DeCarlo A rationalist will refuse mystery because they see it as ignorance. Different ways of knowing: symbolic representation (like math) and other forms of reason will never get to the heart of the ‘mystery’ of life.
Why is there something when there could be nothing?
Martin Buber Faith is not about holding beliefs and doctrines about what you think is true. It doesn’t fit into a formula.