Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Neural Buddhists

A friend of mine sent me this article by David Brooks, who considers the how scientific advances in neuroscience will change the parameters of cultural and religious debate.

The real challenge [to orthodox religion] is going to come from people who feel the existence of the sacred, but who think that particular religions are just cultural artifacts built on top of universal human traits....

In unexpected ways, science and mysticism are joining hands and reinforcing each other. That’s bound to lead to new movements that emphasize self-transcendence but put little stock in divine law or revelation. Orthodox believers are going to have to defend particular doctrines and particular biblical teachings. They’re going to have to defend the idea of a personal God, and explain why specific theologies are true guides for behavior day to day.

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