Science and religion are both undergoing a crisis of identity. Religion in the West is struggling to escape the ancient concept of a purely external God, a male entity in a notional heaven to whom or to which worship is due, while science struggles to explain the causal origin of the Big Bang without bringing in an external creating power. So far the preferred options of orthodox science are that the universe existed forever or came into existence without a cause, both clearly non-explanations. Most religionists have no awareness that religion evolves and, similarly, most who would define themselves as scientists would probably be surprised to know that the word "scientist" was only invented in 1833 and its use was, in fact strongly resisted for a good many years. Few scientists today would consider themselves to be philosophers, as once they did, and this lack of thinking at philosophical depth is leading to scientism, which is more akin to religious fundamentalism than to the open-mindedness that once was the characteristic of science.
Expected publication date, January, 2018.
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