Newberg Abandons Concepts
Separating Science From Belief
G. Wesley Bennett
Just finished reading Newberg's Why God Won't Go Away and thought I would provide my interpretation of what the publication merits.
He starts out [as you know] providing a convincing argument for the biological [neurological] basis for a belief in god. About two-thirds of the way through he attempts to demonstrate the legitimacy of our personal experiences and uses the argument that our experience [perceptions] lends legitimacy to the truth of a concept, ultimately attempting to make the claim that belief in god is a legitimate belief by virtue of our experiences.
For me this argument is in fact a traitorous act on the part of a "medical scientist". He completely abandons the concepts that separate "science" from "belief". Science is a process by which our beliefs are ultimately demonstrated true or false. Mr. Newberg seems to believe that mere experience makes something true. Reading through the end of his presentation, I was left with the distinct impression that he was "paid" by some religious advocacy [such as the Templeton Group] to blur the lines between fact and fantasy.
G. Wesley Bennett
From: "Positive Atheism Magazine" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "G Wesley"
Subject: Re: Why God Won't Go Away
Date: Wednesday, May 09, 2001 5:39 PM
Our April issue covered all this and more -- down to the Templeton suggestion -- although I appreciate the very succinct wording you used to address the issues with this book. If you are on our mailing list, you should be getting your copy today or tomorrow.
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