Spiritual and Scientific
say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas
atoms. I, too, can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But
do I see less or more?”
upon a time, all we had were myths and legends. Much about our universe
was unexplained. Some mysteries were explained by the actions of the
gods. If your ship was caught in a storm, it
might be that the goddess Juno had it in for you and told Aeolus,
the god of winds, to knock you about. Gradually, some smart people
found alternate explanations for what they observed. Weather could be
accounted for by natural forces that obeyed certain laws of nature. If
one were to observe closely and understand the laws, natural events
such as the weather would be predictable. Okay, maybe the weather is a bad example.
point is that science has developed to provide rational explanations
for the things and events in our world. As people found the
beauty of truth in science, some rejected the beauty and truth found in
religion. Some people of religion have rejected science, because
it seemed at odds with the stories that they believed. There is a
dialectic between science and religion that has lasted for centuries
and is not yet resolved. Neither perspective fully explains
what’s going on in us or around us.
we close off our minds because we’ve found some element of truth
and we become attached to it. The scientific method becomes our god, or
the scripture that saved us emotionally is unquestioned, because to do
so might prove it fallible and the whole network of our faith might
one is devoted to truth, however, flexibility of mind is necessary.
Scientific truth may be discovered through hard experimentation, data
collection and rational analysis, but sometimes it comes in a dream or
a reverie. The spiritual life too can be hard mental work, but it just
makes no sense to sandbag one’s beliefs against reason.
need not reject science to be spiritual and one need not reject
spirituality to live a life of reason. One might need to broaden
one’s definition of spirituality, however. Spirituality
doesn’t have to be attached to dogma and ritual. Hopefully, it
involves an opening of the heart and a willingness to experience awe.
- Do you tend to hold beliefs that line up exclusively either on the side of science or of religion?
- How hard do you cling to your beliefs?
- Are you willing to look for truth outside the box of you beliefs?
- Have you rejected the mythic for the rational?
- Have you rejected the rational for the mythic?
- What have you lost in the transaction?
- When was the last time you experienced awe?
- Can you experience a sense of wonder at a phenomenon that is explained by science? If not, why not?
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