In the midst of the philosophic empire stands the school of the three-fold truth.
Religion, science, and philosophy are the three parts of essential learning.
A government based upon one or even two of these parts must ultimately
degenerate into a tyranny, either of men or opinion.
1. Religion is the quest of truth by means of the mystical powers latent in the
consciousness of man.
2. Science is the quest for truth by the study of the anatomy and the physiology
of the body of truth, as it is revealed in the material creation.
3. Philosophy is the quest for truth by the extension of the intellectual powers
toward the substance of reality.
Religion is the spiritual part of learning,
Philosophy the mental part,
Sciences, including the arts and crafts, the physical part.
As man himself has a spiritual, mental, and physical nature, and all of these
natures manifest in his daily living, he must become equally informed in all the
parts of his nature if he is to be self-governing.
"Unbalanced forces perish in the void," declared a prophet of old;
and this is true beyond possibility of dispute.
( I think we have entered this void )
The great philosophers of the past were truly great because they approached
the problems of life as priest-philosopher-scientist.
In antiquity there didn't really exist the separation between the fields of
knowledge that we find today. The different specializations of science,
philosophy and theology didn't really exist in the same compartmentalized
form that characterizes humankind's pursuit of understanding in the modern age.
However around the time of the enlightenment in the 18th century a split started
to occur between science and religion.
During this period influential thinkers were advocating reason as the best means
for establishing an authoritative system of ethics and aesthetics.
This decline of religion was further accelerated by the publication of Charles
Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. If Newtonian mechanics
seemed to explain the heavens then Darwin's ideas seemed to explain the
emergence of all the living things on the Earth, apparently doing away with
the need for a creator God in the process.
In more contemporary times we find a situation where many but by no means
all scientists are antagonistic to religion and the idea of God. There are some
notable exceptions, for instance Albert Einstein who talked about a sense of
the mystical as the source of all true art and science. He also said that
'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind'.
It appears that science has become the new God of the modern age .
Technology is advancing faster than ever , and it's endgame will make
people obsolete .... and destroy us .
Ethics have taken a back seat , and the mad scientist(s) in the front seat ,
are seemingly uncontrollable throttle jockeys !
Here are some scary and upcoming inventions that are taking us ALL
down that road . ( If pollution doesn't get us first ).