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That said..your hope that the two would come together is not a bad thing but as I said..religion needs to change and can you honestly see that happening?
And thats just the beginning of a great big debate. Medical science often comes to blows with those of a religious stance. The use of stem cells for example. A large amount of christians would claim its wrong! The simple use of a condom is a no no for catholics. I`m sure many in medical research would claim its a stupid stance for all the obvious reasons but the church isnt likely to change it`s stance.
Sure..you could claim it`s a morality ethics issuerather than science vs religion issue..but in many cases religion is responisble for setting certain "moral" standards.
I honestly have hundreds of reasons why the two will never come together and it would take a major >&g
As for meditation, yes it was part of my martial arts training program though I dont see that it has any relevance to the discusion. It`s rather easy to alter the minds perception of reality. I could just as easily drop LSD and claim it was a spiritual encounter.
Just to be fair, I`m not trying to trod on your beliefs here. My whole point was, from word go, was science and religion will never meld (and the hymn thing made me..WTF?..but I digress). Forget the whole "absolutes" debate because thats a diffrent argument anyway and not relevant.
Now I agree..your idea of the two coming together is noble. I respect that but here`s exactly why the two will never truely mesh.
Science (again as a broad broad area) will allways be (and allways has) pushing against religion. It takes established doctrine and says..hold on..this evidence &
The point is, most of it is in peoples heads. We as a species are damn good at making up and beliving storys to make ourselves feel better.
This is where science succeeds in my eyes. A true scientist will come up with one of these storys (Lets say Darwin for instance) and every other scientist in the same field will set out to either prove or disproves said story. You cant do that with religion because its faith based.
And yes, you are quite right about the wiki cut and paste as it said it better than I could, but it makes it no less vali
A good question is this, if America is the country with the highest amount of religious practising Christians in the world why is it the most prescribed anti-depressant user in the world? Seems to me that spirituality doesn`t fill the whole it creates it. Check mate!!!
Religious Dogma is an absolute however. It`s final. It`s all written down in black and white. Sure..some modern thinkers claim its open to interpretation but then thats defeating the object of said religious Dogma.
Also If you think this little tune is a hymn then you obviously dont know what a hymn is or whats its purpose is.A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a deity or deities, or to a prominent figure or personification
Personally it would be nice if more people thought like you do but science and religion are not compatible and as for hymns...never gonna happen.
How ever..your talking about "true religion" which you claim to be modern? So whats the diffrence? Religion is religion, new or old. Theres only so much free thinking allowed in any religion.
So please..tell me what religion you reffer to and i`ll explain how wrong you are!
How can a "holy book" thats promoted the exact same ideas for centuries be even remotly responsible for "new thinking"?
Delude yourself much?
On a side note, if you ever want to put a baby to sleep, any episode of the cosmos will do just fine.
Who could`ve guessed...
It`s a shame Dr. Sagan isn`t around to see it, but wonderful that Dr. Hawking still is.