I greatly enjoyed Dan Dana’s logical and well-structured prediction of the separation of Church and State and his eloquent, non-confrontational approach to religious doctrines that he describes as losing a grip on people as they become more knowledgeable about the true nature of the universe and of mankind. Of course, a key to the better knowledge lies in the teaching of natural sciences, which is likely to carry along a decrease in religious beliefs, which in turn may lead to a decline in political clout.
In fact, ‘The Reason Revolution’ moves us away from superstition and magic, shifting the belief from a personal god that gives individual, personal attention and promises eternal bliss after death, towards looking for the ultimate truth in an impersonal creation of the cosmos.
Now, Dan Dana is not alone with his thinking. Already, the Catholic priest and scientist Georges Lemaître, who proposed what became the Big Bang theory in 1927, said “as far as I can see, such a theory remains entirely outside any metaphysical or religious question. It leaves the materialist free to deny any transcendental Being… For the believer, it removes any attempt at familiarity with God… It is consonant with Isaiah speaking of the hidden God, hidden even in the beginning of the universe.”
Similarly, if we are searching for God, the renowned theologian Hans Küng advocates to look no closer than the Big Bang.
And now, as recently as October 28th, 2014, Pope Francis says that the Big Bang theory does not contradict the role of God – a bona fide recognition of science in its broadest term.
May we then speculate that the Catholic Church is now looking at the Big Bang as the point at which religious belief and science might reconcile? Can we presume that the American Evangelicals will follow suit? Some probably will, others may hang onto old biblical beliefs as long as they can. Nevertheless, with the Catholic Church evolving into the acceptance of science, we may bet on an increase in overall religious tolerance and a decline in religious political power, hopefully leading to an effective separation of Church and State in America in a not too distant future, as we see it in major European countries today.
An inspiring book.
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