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In Week 1, we watched a video in which Alain de Botton argued that religion serves many good functions in life, many of which may be able to exist apart from belief in the supernatural. For example, religion gives us a connection to something greater than ourselves, which generates community, promotes a sense of awe and wonder for the world, and motivates us to moral goodness. Botton challenges his fellow atheists to invent a secular replacement for religion that is able to accomplish these good things without requiring beliefs that conflict with modern science. In this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Required Multimedia, we watched a video in which Karen Armstrong went further, suggesting that even traditional religions can be practiced in a way that does not conflict with modern science, as long as the stories in those religions are treated as mythology instead of as literal history.
This journal explores the importance of religion for modern life. Imagine you are debating an atheist who believes we must base our lives only on what can be proven scientifically. (Perhaps you believe this yourself! If so, take up the contrary position for the sake of argument.) Write a two to three-paged debate-style Ã¢â‚¬Å“opening statementÃ¢â‚¬Â in which you provide reasons to believe that science alone cannot provide everything that necessary for living a good human life, and argue instead that religion (including mythology, art, ritual, etc.) is necessary even for those who do not believe in anything supernatural (e.g., God, the afterlife, miracles, etc.). Even if you disagree with this idea, imagine the perspective of someone who agrees and try to make your argument as convincing as possible. Be sure to explain the difference between science and religion, as you understand it.
Armstrong, K. (n.d.).
Can science and faith just get along? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
[Video file]. Retrieved from http://bigthink.com/videos/can-science-and-faith-just-get-along
Brenzel, J. (n.d.).
The value of forgotten ideas (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
[Video file]. Retrieved from http://bigthink.com/videos/the-value-of-forgotten-ideas-2
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