author=“robotaholic” date=“1218877348”][color=purple]after hearing this whole interview, it sounds like this guy is trying to convert atheists to christianity or some sort of religiosity subtly
The bottom line is this - give evidence for a supernatural entity or zip it.
I don’t care for the blending of spirituality and the actual world. - I don’t even think the word spiritual has any meaning whatsoever. This is a lot of hot air.
I would have trouble even communicating with this person. I am ultimately a materialist. His vocabulary is murky or unclear and dilluted with religious terminology. It’s irritating.
HOW is this man a reverend? - HOW? he says “facts are god’s native tongue” - uh so there IS a supernatural entity who made the universe- is THAT how he is a reverend? - if so then no thx, I don’t believe in supernatural entities like ghosts, faeries, spirits, demons, or invisible people with magic powers I just don’t and somehow he’s trying to use religious lingo to spout out science
I think you’re not getting the point of these two podcasts. Dowd is trying to channel the positive aspects of religion (fellowship, awe at the wonders of nature, integrity, social cohesiveness, even some aspects of morality) into a direction which allows for the primacy of evidence based thinking and keeps all the myths where they belong, along with Santa and the Tooth fairy as fun stories for children, but not to be taken literally or as anything more than metaphors. I say more power to him. He has some chance of prying some of the religious fundies out of their haze of hatred for everyone and everything which might undermine their insane ideology. His spirituality does seem to be a kind of pantheism, but his bottom line seems to be that the concept of god itself is to be considered metaphorically. That he can preach to christian congregations and maybe move them into a more humanist direction is, IMHO, A Good Thing. Evidently Dawkins agreed as he wrote a forward for Dowd’s book.