Sunday, August 23, 2009

"grand bargain"

Robert Wright is adamantly not an atheist, he told Colbert. Apparently he's a Jamesian accommodationist instead. Wright's "most emailed" piece in today's Times implicitly poses the Rodney King question: Can't we just all get along? Wright's essay concludes:

"William James said that religious belief is 'the belief that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves thereto.' Science has its own version of the unseen order, the laws of nature. In principle, the two kinds of order can themselves be put into harmony — and in that adjustment, too, may lie a supreme good."

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