And I really didn't like it when they start to talk about Richard Dawkins and teleology. This is an area where I think they are just confused about what Dawkins is saying, and the reality is that he is on their side, his vision of reality is plenty weird and not at all lifeless. Of course Dawkins is kind of an ass about anything spiritual so I don't blame them for thinking he's their enemy. But it makes me wonder where I fall; I may just be too much of a science-guy type to embrace the magical aspect of reality like these guys do.
A teleology is a theory of purposes, goals, ends, aims, and explanations. A teleological explanation of something is one that refers to its functions rather than its structure; to its ends rather than its causes.