reply to post by TRGreer
I firmly believe that there is exactly one Truth: That is to say that I believe that there is exactly one course of events (counting from the
beginning of this universe to now) that has actually happened.
I will be using the following definitions to frame my thoughts.
Religion: The practice of beliefs as pertain to one's understanding of a God, gods, or paranormal powers which we do not as yet completely
Spirituality: Those who study Spirituality are interested in finding out the true nature of the soul/our essence (maybe), and are interested in our
role in existence (definitely)
Atheism: The concept that there is/are no God/gods.
Philosophy: The study of what actually is
, typically framed using thought experiments and logic (itself a thought experiment).
Science: The study of what actually is
, typically framed relating things to the physical, rather than the metaphysical.
Those five things are not in the same category. One is a concept (atheism), and four are paired so nearly as to almost be two flavors of the same
Because all of them exist in some form or another, yes, they all factor into what must be one universal Truth (the events that have actually taken
place up until now).
However, with that said, because many tenants of each of them conflict directly with other tenants of others of them, I find it very hard to believe
that there is anything to be gained by using all of them in tandem. Rather, I believe that the most beneficial path would be to realize that all five
of those categories are merely frames of reference -- windows through which we may view the universe and our existence. If we start seeing them as
windows into understanding rather than... well, anything else... I think we'd be a lot closer to finding the parts of this Universal Truth that most