Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Last night, an old friend told me that i ought to learn to let a little Science into my way of thought. I agree. So here is my profound thought of the day:

I am a seeker of Truth. In my pursuit of Truth, there are many tools to be used. Theology (Religion) is our tool for filtering/ gauging spirituality, ethics, and morality.  Science is our tool for filtering/guaging rational conclusions about the tangible world around us.

These are, however, grossly over simplified definitions. The filters are not at odds. They are sisters. They blend well with each other and cover the ground that the opposite cannot.

While both in their purest forms are perfect, The truth is not affected by our preferences nor prejudices. No man’s fallible mind can contain the vast Truth of either realm. Thankfully we do not have to.

Science, like Theology, is made up of vast nuances and interpretations. There are as many branches of science and there are branches of theology, and they do not always agree, even within their respective realms. Not all religion is the same, and there are many schools within each religion that tend to oppose each other. In the same way, not all science is the same. There are also many forms of science that claim to be science, but are actually pseudosciences and philosophy (working theories that have yet to be proven) There will always be false religions and pseudoscience that claim to be connected to the source of truth.

This is where each seeker must use the tools given to him to measure the reality of each realm, using the respective tools for that realm. This is where our greatest weapon comes into play: the accumulated knowledge of our predecessors (History).

We have more tools accessible to us than any other generation of the past when it comes to measuring triumphs and failures of history. Here we can see how prophets and scientific geniuses measure up to stubborn philosophers (who have sold too many books to retract their original statements).

While the truth is objective , we as men are prejudice, biased , and preferential. We tend to twist the facts and jump to conclusions in order to come out the victor.

This is the sad truth that does no justice to neither science nor theology. The only weakness in using history to reference Science & Theology, is that it is the winners who write the history books. So we are commonly duped into accepting 2nd-rate answers for first-rate questions. We are forced to pitt science and theology against each other, when they are meant to work hand and hand.

The greatest example of this argument is the war between creationists and evolutionists as they try to settle the score about HISTORICAL EVENTS that will never be proven or recreated. Neither side will come to a consensus as long as the scientists and theologians are dishonest and their explanations for what they actually know, and stop trying to cover ground for what they do not know or cannot prove. (I do not lean in either direction. this statement is valid for both sides.)

Origins aside, it is the less informed, yet more powerful writers of history that we have to thank for the popular misconceptions of many arguments we hold to today: Disinclined Scientists who try to interpret scriptures, and Ignorant Preachers who deny scientific truth.

The positive light is that we have much to gain from both science and theology, so long as we leave our emotions and Prejudices out of the equation. When the truth brings to light factors of life that we’d rather not deal with, it doesn’t change the objectivity of the truth. It just pisses us off that we were wrong in the first place.

So I will defend both theology and science, while rejecting the remnants of both that lead to unanswered questions, deceptions,  and rabbit holes. I don’t make these statements in an attempt to say that everyone should be a Christian, (though I wish all men were), but I say these things to illustrate the fact that the truth is deeper than we realize.

Many of us, on both sides of Science and theology, have settled for second rate answers to first rate questions, because we’ve either been decieved by our teachers, accepted misinterpretations without challenge, jumped to conclusions, or formed opinions due to our own personal bias.

When it comes to matters of philosophy, this may be fine. But when it comes to the objective truth, this is completely unacceptable.

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