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Religion Versus Science

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    Academia Versus Mindlessness
(Science Versus Religion)

There is a Previously Ignored, 
Third Alternative.

As you probably already know, the abortion controversy has gone on for centuries.   Discussions of the abortion controversy in the United States, have been almost exclusively two sided arguments --  science versus the Christian religion.   These two polar opposites conflict with each other.   Each sides says their position is correct and the other side is wrong.   They both ignore the third alternative.   

Until the Pro-truth team came along, almost nobody even mentioned the third possibility --  that humans are eternal spiritual beings who simply inhabit physical bodies in order to experience life on Earth.   Here is a summary of how the world presently functions.

1)   Religion:   Devout Christians  (as far as their religion goes)  don't think at all.   They are mindless.   Any religious or spiritual idea (anything about "God") that is less than a thousand years old is heresy.    The evidence be damned!   If it's not in their sacred book, it's wrong.   The leaders frown upon independent thinking.   The followers  simply go along with whatever their leaders tell them, regardless of how ridiculous those statements are.   The Catholics have even declared their leader infallible.   

2)   Science:   Academicians have to measure things before they'll admit they exist.   In the scientific community,  provable facts are all that matters.   Everything must be physically provable or it's rejected.   The evidence is king. "If you can't measure it, count it, or dissect it, it doesn't exist."  Faith and beliefs without proof are just fables and fairytales.   

You'll find science as headstrong as religion is mindless.   Louis Pasture offers the classic, historical example of this.   He was thrown our of his medical college for saying that microorganisms caused disease.

Science can also be very confusing.  Have tried lately to figure out what is safe to eat?  If you answered yes, then  you know how hard it can be to make sense of scientific studies.   

If you think this pattern no longer exists, talk to any of us who have approached the leaders of our social organizations with a new idea.   Look into those proposing alternatives to burning fossil fuels.   Ask the scientists who are telling us that global warming is a serious problem.   Ask those who are saying that overpopulation is the major cause of or a major contributor to almost every problem on the planet.   And this author can tell you from personal experience that getting people to see abortion as a religious freedom issue has been a monumental task.

3)   Politics:   And we can't simply point fingers at science.   Politicians are equally as stuck in their position.   Our so-called representatives are owned by big-money interests.  The  Bush deficit and economic policies are straight out of fiscal  Disneyland.   Present political, economic, environmental, and social policies are all heading all of us toward major disasters.   And almost everyone is ignoring these problems.   

Look at what it took for the existing political leaders to even acknowledge that Global warming is proven fact not science fiction.   Many politicians are still denying that global warming is real and that it's a problem which must be addressed.   Now that the existence of global warming can no longer be denied by anyone with an open mind, many political leaders are downplaying its significance and then refusing to do anything about it.    Religious leaders are completely ignoring the global warming issue and promoting the birth of still more people.

4)   The Reasonables:   "The Reasonables"    is a label we've coined to describe people who think outside the box.    They combine reason and emotion.   They combine head and heart.   They don't fit exclusively under any traditional label,  such as liberal or conservative.   

They refuse to ignore that which counters their beliefs.  They refuse to duck the tough questions.   They refuse to live in denial,   

They examine as  much evidence as is possible.   They examine all sides of issues and then offer reasonable solutions -- solutions that's based upon what the presently available evidence indicates.   They examine trends and propose making changes before disasters happen.   They will speak up  even when what they have to offer is not popular.    A good place to start looking for these people is in The Lunatic Fringe.    

       

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Your Choice:   You don't have to believe either science or the Christian religion.   You don't have to be stuck in a belief box which offers only two alternatives.   You are free to consider that there is a bigger picture  --  that neither side has exclusive access to the truth --  that both sides are part right and part wrong.   And at least for now, you're also still free to make up your own mind and make your own choices related to abortion.  

       

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Another example of  limited thinking can be found when you examine the controversy called Scientific Evolution versus Religious Creationism.    Almost nobody considers the third alternative in this debate  --  that humans are eternal spiritual beings who simply inhabit physical bodies in order to experience life on Earth.   The same, two-sided debate rules the controversies over the capital punishment  and  human cloning.    

And by the way, I have three truckloads of cow manure.   Shall I deliver them to you next Tuesday or next Wednesday?

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How Science and Religion Clash

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Science   In the scientific community, all theories are just that -- theories.   Their acceptability or their rejection is based on the rules of scientific evidence.   All theories are adjustable and/or replaceable when additional evidence so indicates.   The evidence is the authority.  Every theory is mercilessly subjected to scrutiny.   Question after question is asked about its authenticity.   Prior to being accepted as fact, all evidence must be peer-reviewed, testable, repeatable, and physically provable.  

Science is flexible.  It welcomes challenges.  It seeks the truth regardless of where the truth leads.   Science is open to new ideas,  but it ruthlessly challenges them and questions them when they first appear.

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Religion   First we need to be clear that there is a vast difference between a religion's original, and basic philosophy and the social hierarchy (the men) that control the religion's social structure and attempt to tell everybody what the original philosophy means.   For clarification of this distinction, see the page titled  Religion Versus God..   To further clarify the distinction between science and religion, we'll use the major denominations of Christianity in our example below.

The men who run the major, Christian social structures are quite the opposite of those prominent in the scientific community.   Although they will never publicly admit it, most Christian religious hierarchies challenge new idea from the perspective that new ideas are a threat to their power and control.

The people who run these organizations claim to already know the complete truth.   The sum total of God's truth is contained in one book and in one book only, the Christian Bible, and God's truth, as expressed in that Bible, dominates everything.***  The Catholics have even declared their leader to be infallible.  Thus they have built themselves into some very small belief boxes and spend the vast majority of their time and effort defending ancient, undefendable proclamations which were, centuries ago, accepted without question as "the truth."  God's Conception-Magic Act. is clear example of this.

***[Before they even get our of the starting gate, they are already in trouble.  There are several variation of the Bible.  Which one is the absolute literal, irrefutable truth?]

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They have placed God in an "out there separate from us"  position.  They have separated themselves from nature.  They have made dozens of unprovable proclamations.   They function out of an us against them mentality.   They are constantly at war with something.   Scarcity is prevalent in their thinking.   (For further clarification, readers are directed to the page titled:  Understanding the Anti-abortionist's Mentality..)   

Religious structures are about as flexible as a rock.   They are also very brittle.   New ideas cause them to break into smaller pieces.  For example, Christianity now has over three thousand factions.

Religious social structures cannot stand the light of open, and challenging questions.   They teach what to think and not how to think.   Independent thinking about anything religious  is discouraged.   Questioning a leader's authority or the validity of a leaders proclamation is heresy.

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Regarding religion, there are very few facts.   Here's a few the we know: 

1)   The transcendent unknown that we refer to with words such as "God" is the ultimate and most profound mystery of life..  It's unknown, and at the present time, it's unknowable.   It transcends thinking.   It is simply impossible to know with provable certainty anything at all about what we refer to as "God."   

2)   We as humans are intimately connected to that indefinable, mysterious source.   We are, in one way or another, a part of that source.    Whatever that source is, it has a profound affect upon us.   We can deny it's existence, but cannot divorce ourselves (or our social structures) form it.

3)   All written and spoken statements about what we refer to as "God," are expressions of conjecture, opinion, beliefs,  guesswork, and in some cases, outright fairytales.

4)  Everything that is believed about "God" is accepted by way of a leap of faith..   In other words, it's accepted with no proof at all.   Those who claim a ancient, sacred writings as proof have simply moved their leap of faith onto a book.

Understanding the above four facts in no way damages or destroys man's intimate relationship with the mystery we call God.   It merely alters the playing field.   For example when scientists discovered that the Earth was round, that simply changed the human perspective on the ultimate mystery.   

It also required those who preach about God to adjustment their behavior and conform to the new evidence.   Based upon the vast amount of new evidence that has been discovered since "the Earth became round," it appears that we are long overdue for a major alteration in the behavior of church leaders.

Church leaders are, today, in a crisis situation.   They must change.   If they don't, they will lead their sheep and push the rest of us  into oblivion.    They could; however, easily climb out of their hole.  Here's how..

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For the most probably theory about our relationship to the source we call God, see the page titled:   Universal Spirituality..   (If you have evidence information that can update that page or correct errors, please Contact Us..)

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If you pray, you might add this to your prayers:   "Dear God, protect us from those who think they know the truth and are intending to force their religious fantasies onto the rest of us."

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