The Limits of Perfection: Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science
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True religion should, in some sense, be perfect, or at least we seem to expect that. But we are dealing with humans and their limited understanding. Even if we accept that God is perfect, we must confront theodicy and realize that our concept of perfection is defined by what we encounter on the earth. The capacity for self-transcendence confronts human beings with a paradox. We have a vision of "what ought to be' that is limitless, while we ourselves are finite beings. We can imagine perfection, but can we attain it?
Noreen Herzfeld is a mathematician, computer scientist, and theologian. A Quaker by choice with a Lutheran background, she teaches at a Catholic University. She has critically considered the limited nature of informational sciences and mathematics and now brings us to consider the limits of perfection in religion.
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Herzfeld, Noreen L., and Carl S. Helrich. The Limits of Perfection: Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science. Kitchener, Ont: Pandora Press, 2010.