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17 July 2003 @ 04:51 pm
"Scientific theories are organically conditioned just as much as religious emotions are; and if we only knew the facts intimately enough, we should doubtless see "the liver" determining the dicta of the sturdy athiest as decidevly as it does those of the Methodist under conviction anxious about his soul. When it alters in one way the blood that percolates it, we get the methodist, when in another way, we get the athiest form of mind. So all our raptures and our dryness, our longings and pantings, our questions and beliefs. They are equally organically founded, be they religious or of non-religious content."
  William James, On the Varieties of Religious Experience

Religious experience may be the ultimate unprovable; "meaningless" in the jargon of philosophers who categorize things into true, false, not-yet-proven, and meaningless. If we haven't already, I wouldn't be surprised if researchers found specific biochemical configurations which lend themselves to religious ways of dealing with the world. Would either of these invalidate the significance religion can have in a person's life? I don't think so.
Aetiusaetius on July 17th, 2003 09:54 pm (UTC)
So the book was a good recommendation, then?
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on July 18th, 2003 09:51 am (UTC)
Yes, it was.