We human beings are very complex. We have many dimensions: physical, physiological, psychological, psychological, intellectual, and more.
We have feelings and experiences. We also think and analyze.
It is important to recognize the roles of science and religion in these contexts.
Religions serve us well in our feelings and experiences. They build community, they (are meant to) teach us caring and compassion, love and service. They provide us with hope and solace, joy and celebrations. They have inspired great art and music, poetry and architecture. They also provide us with a framework for reflecting on the deep mysteries about life and death, the cosmos and its majesty, its origins and ends.
Science becomes important, essential, and powerful in our efforts to understand and interpret natural phenomena, and use that knowledge for the betterment of the human condition on the material and practical plane. It provides us with a rational, logical, and coherent explanations of the natural world.
If science tries to give us hope, stipulate what is right and what is wrong, or console a family in bereavement, it may not succeed very well.
If religions try to explain the world of phenomena, they will not succeed, and they will cut awkward figures.
You can relish chocolate and also study the molecular structures of its ingredients. You can enjoy music and also study the physics of sound and music.
It is wise to value and respect both religion and science in their respective contexts.
Science and religion cannot coincide in their goals, but they can complement each other to make our lives richer.
December 28, 2014