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Topics: Religion, Science

Wednesday, 31 December 2003

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The University of God?

Religion versus science or science versus religion - whichever way you look at it, it the same question.

Qualitative trend analysis depicts increasing numbers of young people signing-up for Science courses at Universities, while the number of people signing up for Church's, Mosques and Synagogues is diminishing year upon year.

Coincidence? Spurious correlation?

Respected theologian Dr Adriaan Memmel, from the University of Amsterdam, mused, "to do science at University requires years of training, whereas you can just turn up to Church and the vicar/mullah/rabbi will accept you. Where's the value in that?"

Dr Memmel raises an interesting point - does simply turning up at Church and gaining immediate gratification devalue the notion of spirituality?

Speaking to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace earlier this week, he said "If you call giving 10% of your annual income, net that is, 1 day a week and blind faith easy then maybe we should make it harder - perhaps an entrance exam?"

At the time of writing this piece, I received a memo from Dr Williams telling me by this time next year they will look to have in place 7+ and 11+ examinations. He was also mulling over an idea to retest all existing followers of the Christian faith, although finding funding was a problem.

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