Today's discussion about this topic, which involved David Cupitt, started with the discussion about how science coexisted at first with God, but now it doesn't. Larissa brought up the good point that science has not changed. Keaton said that with more time passing, the more that we discover about God. Today, people want to separate religion from science. We discussed that there may be conflicts that are dealt with when scientists who do not believe in God works with a scientist who does believe in God. This might interfere with some decisions making between the two because one might go with the belief there is no God, while the other scientist would look at the situation as what would God want him/her to do. That might be why scientists do not like religious people working in the field. But then again, that is a good question to think about. Do scientists who do not believe in God work well with scientists who do believe in God?
We also touched on the topic of religion in schools. I believe everyone had a different opinion on whether or not it should be allowed. Therefore, I am going to give my opinion and others can comment about their views. I believe that it is fine to have religion in school. I do not agree that it should be separated. However, I do think there is an age in public schools where they should watch where they want to start teaching others about religion. Also, I think that the teacher should not force a student to learn the religion (and I mean like a forceful teaching of it). Also, I think that other religions should be looked at even though a person does not believe in it. This is a way that others can learn about what other people believe around the world. Besides, it would make a well rounded student. I am not saying they have to believe in it, but people need to know enough knowledge about other major religions around the world. Please comment on your thoughts about the idea of religion in school.
Then, we talked a little bit about how Cupitt was unclear whether or not he believed in God. He said on page 197 that people should not look to God to understand how the world works. However, he then says right after that we should look to Him as a symbol. He is very confusing about whether or not he is a person who believes in God or not. We discussed about this by saying that, with every religion, people have their own way of defining themselves as Christians or other religious people. Therefore, it is not clear on what defines that type of religious person. Cupitt then says that he thinks he can call himself a Christian. He is using his way of thinking about what a Christian is and saying that he is a Christian himself. Larissa and Keaton then brought up that we need to rearrange everything in order to have a clear cut definition of what a Christian or other religious person is.
Please comment with your thoughts because I thought it was difficult to understand where he was going during his podcast. He seemed like he was bouncing around to me and was not giving a clear-cut answer on what he was trying to say. Great discussion today group 4!
DQ: Do you think that atheism causes people to not have moral values? Do you think this changes their way of life if people are atheist?
FQ: Q: According to _______________________________, atheism is a rejection of the idea that there are gods or supernatural agencies of any kind in the world.
A: A.C. Grayling
Here are two links that are two podcasts of Don Cupitt. The first one is the one that Dr. Oliver discussed in class about Don Cupitt discussing Jesus as a philosopher. Also, the second one is the podcast of today’s reading about Don Cupitt on Non-Realism about God. Recommend to listen to them!