I don't think it's a pointless subject at all. A lot of people fall into one end of the spectrum or the other .. it's a case of Black and White. I
think that people like the idea of Black and White as a rule to be applied to life (including beliefs etc..). Black and White gets rid of doubt,
builds structures, provides a stable platform to move forwards from in life.
My biggest issue with this is that I don't believe life is Black and White but made up of shades of Grey. This is why we have Jury systems in Court
as even our "Black and White" laws can be bent either way which blend those extremes together and thus the verdict often lies somewhere in between the
2. This is true to all things in life including religion.
I once read a document that stated that Science and Religion are the same thing but on opposite ends of the spectrum. They both are attempting to
deal with the mysteries of life. Religion (being that it is faith based) means that they are able to take quantum leaps forwards without requiring
all those calculations that can often slow down the process. Science requires logical, chronological steps to reach the same goals but with a solid
trail of evidence left behind it.
Neither in my opinion are wrong for choosing to tackle the same mysteries in their own ways, however it's worth noting that both can, and often do
turn out to not always get it right. Even with all the calculations, Science still can make mistakes (such as with the example of Pluto being assumed
a planet for many years than more recently it was decided that it was not a planet, or even the whole earth is round vs square theories)
I'm sure that back when Scientists were performing all of these calculations, they felt that they were absolutely correct as they had the "Proof" to
back it up at that time. I mean we are still learning new things a.bout how the human body works all the time. Things that we thought were all set
Also, whilst Religion never gets things "Wrong" per-say, due to the fact that all religion is a subjective experience and those that follow the
various religions often stand in line behind "Leaders", there is a big margin of error that we tend to see go down with things such as Cult movements.
The latest of which that hit the MSM might be the guy that claimed the world was going to end back in May.
So I guess if you're still reading this post you are wondering, where I am going with all of this? See I think that everything in life shows us 1
solid trait that is most important for survival.
Look at a person's diet, physics, mental health, the ecosystem, even the planets and their orbits. It is all related to a perfect balance that has
managed to keep everything running smoothly for so long. Should things come along and disrupt that balance so it tips too far either way towards an
absolute (Black or White), the results are never good.
Perhaps if this is applied to the concepts of Science and Religion, we may be able to start making some real progress forwards. Instead of fighting
against the grains of life, why not flow with life and take it's valuable lesson about balance on board.
If we are able to maintain a healthy balance of Religion whilst still being open to change and also maintain a healthy balance of Scientific knowledge
without letting the fear/desire to always have "Proof" control and dominate us, we will be able to believe in things and also grow a scientific
understanding of how and why they are as we believe them to be but without demanding that proof from the outset.
Perhaps we all have a concience so that we are able to discerne for ourselves where these lines of balance are. I just think that Religious or
Scientific extremists shooting eachother down because they don't measure up to the Black and White laws that both ends of the spectrum rely upon will
only further segregate people who could be so much stronger if they could find that common ground of seeking the same goals though different
Both Science and Religion are focused around life right?
Anyways, these are my thoughts on this subject, thank you for taking the time to read them for those that manage to endure through my personal
thoughts on the topic this far
p.s. Paranoid American : I couldn't agree more with your thoughts on Organised Religion...It truely is a big stumbling stone in the way of healthy
balance as it is responsible for the development of pretty much every cult in existence. Cults aren't interested in obtaining healthy balance.
Whilst I may come across as an Athiest, I think it's ethical to reveal that I do believe in God, but I do not believe in idolising one man over
others, no person is better or worse than me due to their position in the social food chain. Some may have power over my life (Law Enforcement,
Government, Boss) but that power ends where their legal authority ends and remove their badge or their position as my boss or their political role and
they are just another person like you and me and their own actions and personal power over themselves is the difference between eachother. If that's
not well explained, I may later try to better explain it should it be questioned but it's just something I think should be stated so as to not be
judged as playing the devil's advocate.
p.p.s For those interested in a Japanese cartoon that depicts some of these principles and is a great watch for those that aren't able to grasp the
multi-layered principles of it : Check out - Eureka
edit on 29-6-2011 by JaxCavalera because: bit of an after thought