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Darwin’s favour

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In case you missed it, Richard Dawkins and Karen Armstrong fought a duel in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month over whether the theory of evolution has disproved God’s existence.

Armstrong’s key point:

Darwin may have done religion – and God – a favour by revealing a flaw in modern Western faith. Despite our scientific and technological brilliance, our understanding of God is often remarkably undeveloped—even primitive. In the past, many of the most influential Jewish, Christian and Muslim thinkers understood that what we call “God” is merely a symbol that points beyond itself to an indescribable transcendence, whose existence cannot be proved but is only intuited by means of spiritual exercises and a compassionate lifestyle that enable us to cultivate new capacities of mind and heart.

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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  1. Armstrong’s point is unfortunately just not particularly true. There are certainly some theologians who describe God in that very abstract and vague way. But they are far far from either the mainstream or the majority.

    Indeed, how can evolution have “reveal[ed] a flaw in modern Western faith” if, as she then implies, the flaw had already been addressed and resolved by “many of the most influential” monotheistic thinkers?


    September 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm

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