Monday, November 3, 2008

Voodoo Religion I

Consider an overview for the new book from author Robert Park, Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science:   From uttering a prayer before boarding a plane, to exploring past lives through hypnosis, has superstition become pervasive in contemporary culture? Robert Park, the best-selling author of Voodoo Science, argues that it has. In his new book Superstition, Park asks why people persist in superstitious convictions long after science has shown them to be ill-founded. He takes on supernatural beliefs from religion and the afterlife to New Age spiritualism and faith-based medical claims. He examines recent controversies and concludes that science is the only way we have of understanding the world.

I never thought that as a Christian I would be lumped in with the crowd who wear makeshift tinfoil tuques (nice tuque eh!) on their heads to keep the aliens from reading their minds. What's worse, Park, a distinguished physics professor at the University of Maryland with a rather wide following, is basically labeling religion a fraud and believers as fools. These accusations stir something deep inside of me that must be explored. More to come in this four part series.