reply to post by winterkill
You're making the mistake of seeing science and religion as two opposing approaches to reality, when they can actually exist side by side.
Science is the logical, "left-brained" approach in which reality is systematically examined.
Religion is the opposite; creative and intuitive "right-brained" approach.
Science tells us more about how reality works, and is willing to question itself when it seems reasonable to do so. Science starts with understanding
what we can observe and expands outward from there, discovering things which cannot be directly observed (a great example of this would be radio
Religion, on the other hand, does not tell us about how reality works, but attempts to answer the questions of why
reality exists, and what
caused it. Religion infers from the idea that a "creation" exists, then there must be a creator. Rather than expanding knowledge from a known origin,
like Science does, Religion moves in an erratic manner: from that which is before our eyes, then straight out the limits of reality to make
assumptions about that which we do not know, then making further assumptions based on that initial assumption, then making laws and imposing their
assumptions on other people.
Religion doesn't take it well when its assumptions are shown to be wrong by Science, as this undermines their laws which are based on these
assumptions. Thus, Religion has set itself as an adversary to Science.
Science is progressive. Religion is stagnant, obstructive, even regressive.
There are new brands of Spirituality emerging which do not set themselves against Science, but rather expand off of it to create a different model of
the universe beyond science's understanding. These forms of Spirituality are less interested in making laws to control people, and more interested in
understanding what reality is all about.
The important thing to understand is that things which are based on the creative, intuitive mind should not be considered unchanging, immutable facts,
and furthermore, should not stand in the way of unchanging, immutable facts.
edit on 8/12/2012 by Glass because: (no reason given)