SOURCE: Vision Media

October 16, 2007 03:00 ET

Religion and Ethical Issues: Faith vs. Reason

The Ethics & Morality of Six "Scientific" Ideas of the Last Century Are Called Into Question

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - David Hulme, author and publisher of Vision Magazine, examines six philosophical ideas that have shaped our thinking. He asks whether it is true that science is reasonable and rational, while religion is unreasonable and irrational. In this fifth article on religion and ethical issues he defines the battle between faith and reason.

Muslims have started Ramadan this year coincidentally at almost the same time that Americans mark the six year anniversary of the September 11 terror attack on the World Trade Center. According to the Koran this month is about experiencing a spiritual energy, which provides harmony and healing.

Judaism also celebrated their New Year and Day of Atonement at around the same time in September. Some Christians are also participating in a fast in September and October. Several prominent Christian leaders are choosing not to eat for several weeks to lobby Congress to cancel the debts owed by some of the poorest countries in the world.

While in the secular halls of learning and in the media, religion is debunked in the name of science, people from all over the world are still finding meaning and community in their religious faith.

David Hulme challenges six very powerful and influential ideas, which are underpinnings to our Western Civilization. He suggests that these flawed ideas are causing people to live in a quiet despair, lost in a labyrinth of apparently conflicting ideas. He shows how each flawed idea has undermined or destroyed the belief in a Supreme Being, in divine purpose, and spirituality.

He quotes 20th-century essayist and mathematics scholar James Newman who asks whether the antagonism between science and religion is really about science competing with religion for power over people. A society and culture committed to ethics and morality may not be easy to control.

Americans are carefully watching the 2008 presidential debates. The candidates appear open and sincere about religion and ethical issues. Will science or religion, faith or reason gain ascendancy? Can these conflicting ideas be reconciled?

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