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Er - sorry - but this is nonsense.

The experience of god proves nothing about the existence of god. Because - obviously - experiences differ. So does any consensus about what they mean. And also what they mean for 'the meaning of life.'

The one thing theists - and conservatives - seem to have in common is a rather desperate need to impose absolute moral meanings on their experience.

But the reality is that these meanings are obviously different for everyone. So which of them is 'god'?

Moral and metaphysical relativism already happens within and between religions. So no consistency is possible.

Science has its own morality, but it's hardly any more absolute than the insistence of a theist that reality is like this and this is what it means.

Peace is a good thing, but - as I'm sure I've pointed out before - Christianity and theism hardly have an excellent record when it comes to promoting peaceful coexistence.

The difference between science and religion is that science accepts diversity and open-mindedness, of a sort, while religion denies them.

By not denying reality, science has a more hopeful chance of reaching an accomodation with it. Human nature can be studied - and in fact it's only by studying it and accepting the realities of human morality, both good and bad, that a rational civilisation might one day by possible.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jun 3rd, 2009 at 09:26:40 AM EST
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