January 2018 Inter-Belief Conversation Café
What If Science Proved the Supernatural?
Monday, January 15, 2018
7 – 9 p.m.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
1671 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 (View Map)
Can science prove that orcs and elves exist? What if we could locate the soul and even dissect one? Is this the stuff of fantasy novels or is the apparent supernatural just a case of looking in the wrong places at the wrong things? Is this a good idea? Should we be content with the proposition that science can neither prove nor disprove the metaphysical? What if science properly understood already has the proof we need and only what we call science is fallacious?
Can we look forward to herds of unicorns? Based on all the absurd concepts that are now cornerstones of science, why have any doubts? They used to photograph fairies. It is only crass skeptics who cried trick photography. Didn’t Puff the Magic Dragon disappear only because Jackie Paper disbelieved? When Peter Pan asked us to clap if we believed in fairies, how many of us didn’t? A hard-boiled newspaper editor assured young Virginia that there was a Santa Claus and in the movie Miracle on 34th Street even the post office delivered letters to him. At a quantum level couldn’t all of this be true?
Is the problem in believing that only scientific proof is sufficient to call something real? Does the soul have to be located at a specific point in the anatomy to exist? Is it any easier to pinpoint things like personality, consciousness, or character? Do heaven or hell have to be on a map to be visited? Are scientists literalists just like fundamentalists? Are they blind to miracles around them and expect reality to conform to their own “sacred texts”? Some say there is no real conflict between science and faith but how do they live together? Does faith live only in the gaps in scientific knowledge or is science only for tinkerers not addressing what is genuinely important?
Are the Bible and Qur’an science texts? Creation science does experiments and claims results disproving scientific consensus. Are there human footprints to be found in dinosaur tracks? Is the Discovery Institute correct to assert an irreducible complexity not explicable by evolution but only by the intervention of a designer? Are some Muslims correct to say that all modern scientific breakthroughs were first mentioned in the Qur’an? Is the question not if the supernatural exists but why science is so willfully denying the evidence?
On Monday, January 15 from 7-9 PM at Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul, 1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, Inter-belief Conversation Café will confront ghoulies, ghosties, and things that go bump in the night and see if they can fit into a test tube. Agreements of open-mindedness, acceptance, curiosity, discovery, sincerity, brevity, and confidentiality will reconcile the spooky and the skeptical (hopefully). Even goblins and trolls will get treats!