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Connecting Religion and Intelligence over 230,000 years — 2 Comments

  1. Your post reminds me of some of the best scholarship from the field of liturgical anthropology. One of the core themes of liturgical anthropology (at least in most Christian circles) is a principle called “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi.” It’s a Latin axiom that loosely translates, “The rule of prayer is the rule of belief.” The idea is that theology did not develop as an isolated subject in the human intellect, but rather the prayer and worship (or liturgy) of ancient peoples led to a “Creed” or belief that flowed from prayer. Ancient burial customs reflect those actions and practices that led to the ancient’s understanding of the human person, God, and life after death. Did religion lead to intelligence? That’s a great question I can’t answer. However, there is a clear tradition that religious practice made the Church more intelligent as it provided the foundation to reflect on core questions of meaning and purpose. Thanks for the post!

    • How good to hear your comments! It is especially interesting when there are hints found here and there at how we can eventually make progress in discussing together Faith and Science. I will remember that, “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi.”

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