[Air-L] Religious Dimension of Sustainable Development
b.saunders at qut.edu.au
Tue Jan 8 01:56:12 PST 2008
indeed, but i'm interested in the scientific proof. Anthropological evidence doesn't really count as 'scientific proof'.
No disrespect to anthropology intended though - I'm curious as to how anyone could scientifically test the hypothesis - particularly how they judge what a fulfilled human is.
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Of course, this all depends on what one calls "religious." There are
lots of anthropologists who would argue that everyone engages in
religious behavior, whether they call it that or not. Perhaps that
argument is made directly somewhere in the literature, but its
implicit in much of the anthropological literature that specifically
discusses religion and ritual. Consider, for instance, the literature
in the communication field concerning the ritual view of
communication (see James Cary's work and that by his students, like
Rothenbuhler), which suggests that much if not all communication is
ritualistic. Consider also the specifically religious and spiritual
way in which we think about communication, as described by John
Peters' Speaking into the Air.
On Jan 7, 2008, at 9:51 PM, Barry Saunders wrote:
> I'm amused that you've just told me I'm subhuman. I'd like to see
> some of this 'scientific proof' that religion is necessary.
> Barry Saunders
> PhD Candidate // researcher
> ph: 07 3138 0155
> skype: barry_saunders
> CRICOS No. 00213J
> The theme of the month is "religious dimension of sustainable
> development." There is a religious dimension to the United Nations'
> "Millennium Development Goals" (MDGs), and there is a religious
> dimension to human nature and everything we do. Religion is both
> indispensable and dangerous. It is indispensable to attain full human
> development beyond the physical, biological, and intellectual levels.
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