What lies Between Science and Religion
According to Fr. Mark Hederman OSB, life is a mystery quite beyond the comprehension of our normal ways of understanding. Having spent over 50 years of his life as a Benedictine monk in Glenstal Abbey in Murroe, Co Limerick, Mark Patrick Hederman has learned how to engage with mystery.
In this book he sets out to explain how to bring a new sense of the sacred into your life. Despite clamorous and numorous reports to the contrary, he argues that religion is alive and well in our world. Those who say that it is dying or dead, or that secularisation has taken over, are imposing their own dogmas on an unsuspecting and gullible public. In fact, he contends that most of us are religious and can t help being religious. Just being human means being religious , otherwise we would die of despair. The idea that science and religion are opposing forces is false, but he maintains that the arts are the only way we can convey the sacred to today’s disbelieving world. A mytho-poetic language could provide a middle voice, a third language that bridges that gap between science and religion in our society.
Mark Patrick Hederman is a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey in Limerick. Formerly headmaster of their school, he has lectured in philosophy, theology and literature in Ireland, Nigeria and the USA. A founding editor of the cultural journal The Crane Bag, he is the author of several books, including The Haunted Inkwell, Walkabout, Underground Cathedrals and The Opal and the Pearl.