onsdag, mars 21, 2012

Dualismernas dilemma

Nature/grace. Sacred/profane. Natural/supernatural. All such dualisms are fruits of our fallen logics, despite our best and most honorable intentions. This fallen logic ends only in ruin, the ruin of the "spiritual". For the logic is in the end, "atheist,"not to mention the very destruction of the secular, or the natural. For all that is left in the wake of this logic is dust, with only ever momentary, arbitrary (that is, accidental) shapes and identities.
A similar sin is equally present in the religious. As the theologian John Milbank strikingly claims, "once there was no secular." One could add a corollary this: once there was no religion - or, better put, once nothing was sacred. This idea should be no cause for Dawkins to lick his lips in excitement, desperately seeking a time machine to travel back to any such secular idyll. No, if Dawkins wishes to be an atheist, in a sense he would be wise to join his local church. This is not to say that the church per se (which for Christians is the body of Christ) is illegitimate, much less that we should take up some sort of New Age position and abandon formal worship, liturgy, and so on. No, quite the contrary. Any form of apartheid between the profane and the sacred, the natural and the supernatural, always produces disastrous results, results that are the opposite of those motives that first set up any such division. 
Conor Cunningham. Darwins Pious Idea - Why Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get It Wrong. Eerdmans, 2010. s, 408 
Kan varmt rekommendera Cunninghams bok, om vilken Slavoj Zizek skriver:
"Even those sympathetic to the recent wave of evolutionary attacks on religion cannot help feeling that something is missing there: Dawkins and company lack a minimum of understanding of what religion is about, of how it works. Cunningham's book is thus obligatory reading for all interested in this topic: while fully endorsing the scientific validity of Darwinism, it clearly brings to light its limitations in understanding not only religion but also our human predicament. A book like Cunningham's is needed like simple bread in our confused times."

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