Friday, April 09, 2010

Science VS. Religion? Not!

Science and religion are not opposites. Science is a system for studying reality. Religion is a kind of belief system. Not all belief systems are religious—the view of Dawkins and Hitchens and others that religion is a fraud is a sort of belief system but not a religious one. Religion is a deep experience of one’s place in the universe. It actually has nothing to do with god; god is just our anthropomorphic attempt to ascribe a reason for this deep experience.

The experience is so sweet and profound—and fleeting—that people who have it tend to cling to it and want to replicate it and extend it. They turn to the people who run their religion in the hope that if they follow instructions, however fanatical, they will regain the experience.

I like Buddhism because it acknowledges this trap and has devised a technique—meditation—for transcending it. This, of course, is only my religious truth. Yours may vary.

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4 Comments:

At 12/4/10, 4:03 PM, Blogger Orba said...

I subscribe to no one religion. I only want and wonder and will speak out loud sometimes "If you do exisit please help me find you."

Orba

 
At 12/4/10, 7:31 PM, Blogger Weedgardener said...

Yes, the quest for understanding is universal, isn't it? Best wishes to you.

 
At 5/28/12, 10:17 PM, Blogger moe said...

i think science is a quest to better understand God

 
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