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  • Regarding Michael Gerson's column, "Losing our religion ... ,"the increasing number of people who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious results from a rejection of the mythologies that are taught as truth by institutional religions, but which are not supported by physical evidence. Recall that Galileo was sentenc...
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  • Regarding Michael Gerson's column, "Losing our religion ... ,"the increasing number of people who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious results from a rejection of the mythologies that are taught as truth by institutional religions, but which are not supported by physical evidence. Recall that Galileo was sentenced to house arrest for the last eight years of his life for demonstrating that the planets revolved around the sun, while the church's doctrine was that the Earth was the center of the universe.
    Traditionally, we have been taught from infancy that we should accept without question what our priests and teachers tell us, and thinking for ourselves has been condemned. Anything we are expected to believe is ultimately the statement of someone who is accepted as an authority. However, authorities do not always agree with one another, so we have to decide for ourselves which, if any, to follow.
    Scientific investigation of living organisms reveals a degree of complexity that suggests to many people that there is Intelligence in the universe. Also, the recent recognition of dark matter and energy shows that there are realities in the universe that cannot be detected by scientific instruments. — Desmond R. Armstrong, Jacksonville
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