Secular Faith

Secular Faith

My first book is in stores!  You can get it at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Books-a-Million, or directly from AuthorHouse

Secular Faith was a long time in the making.  Originally a screenplay writting in 2001, I rewrote it as a novel greatly expanding the philosophy interwoven into the book’s plot.

Why on earth did I write this?

The enduring conflict between science and religion, skepticism and faith, is very much at the forefront of contemporary thought. Not the sole province of intellectuals, this dispute impacts everyday decisions in all social realms. While the philosophical debates that dominate the debates are intriguing, they often miss out on an important point: how does the resulting tension affect lives? We all know what it means to doubt or to have faith, but how do these perspectives truly influence the real-time interactions between humans?

To me, artisitic metaphor is the best way to provide insight into inevitable change. Thus it becomes the responsibility of literature (and music, poetry, theater and the other arts) to lead us toward resolution. Secular Faith fuses an entertaining storyline with a profound philosophic investigation, exploring concepts such as man’s constant drive to understand the meaning behind his own existence. My hope is that it will lead anyone who chooses to read it toward important new avenues of thought.

We needen’t fear doubt, and we needn’t relinquish our awe and reverence for aspects of the universe greater than us. But life and history have taught us that we will survive only if we can adapt to the dynamic tides of existence. We must change wisely, and we must learn from our failures. Humans needen’t stampede like driven lemmings toward annihilation imposed by god or self.

It is the beauty of the human spirit that motivates us and drives us to endure. This book is my view of why life, including its suffering and pain, is worth the struggle.

Some Philosophical Points

As secular culture is increasingly reviled by its enemies at home and abroad, an intellectual revolution has steadily emerged. Religions have clung to their dogmas in a failure to come to terms with the advancements in scientific knowledge and the changes in contemporary culture, and increasingly scientists and philosophers have endorsed atheism as a response to this failure. Minds such as Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, and Christopher Hitchens, have unleashed critiques on the sacred precepts of faith in defense of a secular worldview based on reason alone. Christianity, which has long ruled the moral domain in the West, has dug in its heels to protect cherished traditions threatened by these purveyors of doubt.

Although there is a rich diversity of individual faith perspectives, there is a key factor that tends to dichotomize the religous from the non-religious: a belief in the supernatural. Is there a God? Believers of various faiths may disagree on very important claims; however, they are all unanimously aligned against those who call the existence of a God into question.

These chaotic amalgamations of believers and skeptics must either collide or migrate to separate realms. There are those in each camp who desire each niche to follow what notion pleases them and respect whatever crazy shit their opponent accepts, and there are those who desire to demonstrate the superiority of their perspective over their opponent. While the option of peaceful coexistence seems the more serenely inviting of the two (separate domains such as with Gould’s notion of non-overlapping magisteria), the ideal of human moral improvement demands that we explore the options rationally and openly and choose the correct path using those thought mechanisms known to provide results over those that claim to impart results in a realm to which we have no real access.

In order to even approach the possibility of succeeding with the goal of engaging in constructive debate, the two parties must agree to embrace the rules of logic and reason or, quite frankly, anything goes. When anything goes, power bullies its way over right or wrong in the corruptible journey to serve itself. As a result, this debate becomes more than just interesting – it becomes important

One Comment to “Secular Faith”

  1. David Thurman 17 November 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    What are the rules of logic, are the rules defined by Logic itself? Can logic define itself, if it does is that logic, or is that a photograph or limited picture of logic itself? if the rules are defined by themselves then is it logical or even rational, or is it just a photograph?

    I throw this in since I look at the conflict between science and religion as between two parties staring at photographs of reality arguing who’s photo is more true. I agree wholeheartedly that Art, metaphor is ultimately the middle path. Art always leads, everything else follows. Chaos transcends order always, that is the ultimate logical truth.

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