Karl Giberson recently made an observation that startled me:
Most people think more highly of their religion than their science. Imagine trying to get 100 million Americans to dress up for a science lecture every Sunday morning — and then voluntarily pay for the privilege.
I think that a world suffused with doubting communities—as opposed to faith communities—would be a better world. I’d love to go with my family to a pretty building on a Sunday morning and hear a highly educated and rational person give a talk on science—or, for that matter, discuss the poetry of Thomas Hardy or the art of Picasso.
Those in the doubting community have a rich and psychologically sustaining tradition. So why are we ceding this communal get-together model to religion? Why aren’t we doing “church”?
I bet that if we started building such spaces, people would come.
Why wouldn’t they?
Afterall, they already come to such places during the week. They’re called universities.