8/24/2009--Happy anniversary to Patt and me.
Yesterday, Robert Wright, the author of The Evolution of God, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about possible common ground between religious believers and nonbelievers over evolution: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23wright.html?pagewanted=all.
Wright's basic point is that many evolutionary biologists now believe that evolution, given sufficient time, will inevitably produces beings with moral intuitions and moral discourse along lines similar to those in human beings. Something like the golden rule. Certain moral truths are really true in a sense, therefore, independent of our existence.
This does not mean that God exists, of course. But it might mean that other things exist, like the higher law. Wright even believes that this understanding of evolution is a form of higher purpose. And this purpose is founded in the material.
Wright ends by quoting William James:
William James said that religious belief is “the belief that there is an unseen order, and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves thereto.” Science has its own version of the unseen order, the laws of nature. In principle, the two kinds of order can themselves be put into harmony — and in that adjustment, too, may lie a supreme good.
Sounds very much like my pitch to netroots.