Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Quotable: A Commitment to a Way of Life

I suggest that the concept of God is not a hypothesis formulated to explain the relation between particular events in the world in competition with scientific hypotheses. Belief in God is primarily a commitment to a way of life in response to distinctive kinds of religious experience in communities formed by historic traditions; it is not a substitute for scientific research. Religious belief offers a wider framework of meaning in which particular events can be contextualized.

Source: Ian G. Barbour. Nature, Human Nature, and God. (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Pr., 2002) pp. 5-6.

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