I never thought I’d say this, but Jon Stewart has made a point in favor of religion. During his interview with Marilynn Robinson, author of Absence of Mind, they discussed the compatibility of science with religion. And then Stewart, perhaps not even realizing the significance of his statement, that “…the more you delve into science, the more it appears to rely upon faith,” mentioning anti-matter as an example.
Stewart’s statement is very similar to an Albert Einstein quote I found in the must-read book by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist.
“Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”
Watch the segment below:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
This is important for all peoples of faith to realize. People like Stewart with a hostility to organized religion are open to the idea that religion is credible and true—but they are being offered a blind faith. They can, and maybe even want to believe, but they feel it takes a lot more faith to be a believer than an unbeliever, and it doesn’t have to be that way. As the title of Geisler and Turek’s book suggests, that feeling can be reversed.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that sometimes I question my faith, but when I look at the evidence, I feel that abandoning my religion and turning to atheism or agnosticism would require a lot more faith than to continue in it.