I agree. He lacks mastery in what he thinks he is an expert: imagination. He cannot imagine religious experience. I agree with JK Rowling that "Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared." (See ). Human beings who have had religious experience and mystics who live in it most of the time, and the rare ones who have become one with that experience all the time are talking about a state of being that is in fact measurable, quantifiable, and real. The intellect is not a suitable faculty to do the scientific observation though it can be a servant of other higher faculties that are developed by a spiritual practice. So, like science, it takes a bit of faith at first to engage with a spiritual practice to see if indeed, these faculties are real and if they can be developed. One starts of with a hypothesis that they are and tests it with experiment and past knowledge of those who claim to have discovered them. It is a long process. It is a subtle process. It is a difficult process. It is fun too. There are enough scientists and religious/spiritual people who appreciate this compatibility of scientific method and knowledge with religion and spiritual practice that Mr. Krauss's perspective seems almost quaint. In fact, as Krista Tippit mentioned, some even have roles in each realm.
The secularization thesis that he mentions: "religion will die away when science is accepted as true" or some version, has been debunked by every credible religious studies scholar, Peter Berger being the most notable since he is an atheist and the one who first argued for it. See chapter 3 "Secularization R.I.P." in ACTS OF FAITH: EXPLAINING THE HUMAN SIDE OF RELIGION by Rodney Stark and Roger Finke (who are sociologists, not theologians). I challenge Mr. Krauss to keep up with religious studies scholarship and speak from an informed position and to try a credible spiritual practice and test its ability to develop deeper human capacities for knowledge and experience or not instead of eschewing his imagination and its ability for empathy.
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