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Reiterations and Reflections

  • William Grassie

Abstract

We began this book by asking several important questions: What is religion? What is spirituality? Are religions functional and healthy for individuals and groups? How do we scientifically study the phenomenon of religion; indeed, how do we even define it? Are religions and spiritualities true and, if so, in what ways? To answer these questions, we took a long journey from the outside in, considering many sciences of religion, and from the bottom up, working from a contemporary scientific worldview toward a concept of God-by-whatever-name. To paraphrase the poet W. H. Auden: to ask hard questions is simple, but the answers are hard, and hard to remember.1

Keywords

Religious Tradition Human Language Grand Unify Theory Ultimate Reality Religious People 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    W.H. Auden, W. H. Auden: Selected Poems, ed. Edward Mendelson (New York: Faber & Faber, 1979), 17.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Edward O. Wilson, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (New York: Knopf, 1998), 265.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    John Paul II, “Letter to Reverend George V. Coyne, S.J.,” June 1, 1988, http://clavius.as.arizona.edu/vo/R1024/ppt-Message.html.Google Scholar

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© William Grassie 2010

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