February 26, 2006

Vedantic doctrines of spiritual/material co-evolution

A friend of mine linked to an important article in the Guardian about the rise of Creationism at Universities in the UK. And whether it intends to or not, the article points out some red flags that I think non-creationists are not paying attention to.Simply because one is a creationist or sees a role for creation does not mean that this person is dumb or stupid...The creationist movement has published extensively on its own presses and has extremely intelligent and articulate spokespeople.
Creationist ideas and ideas of evolution by means of natural selection are not necessarily incompatible. As many liberal monotheists put it, a metaphorical reading of creation texts is compatible, or at least not necessarily contradictory, with thoughts about species and populations changing over time and serving as common ancestors for later species. Furthermore, religious forms of evolution have remained popular and gained currency from New Age and its antecedent religious movements, such as Sri Aurobindo's Vedantic doctrines of spiritual/material co-evolution. My HInduism students always get a healthy dose of Sri Aurobindo and Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. On Christopher Street Feb. 24th, 2006 01:06 pm

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