March 25, 2010
The renowned sociologist, August Comte, categorized the different stages and progresses of the human mind in three stages, which are theological, metaphysical and spiritual, that indicates changes and progresses in perspective and outlook that human minds have experience in their search for the Truth.
According to definitions in a dictionary, Theology is study or system of religion.; Metaphysical is defined as spiritual of the human spirit or soul; of the Church or religion; Religious folk song of black Americans; Metaphysics is defined as a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of existence and of knowledge and these give us a brief look on what they mean.
Accordingly one could click to one’s mind, and on the quest one could have while looking and searching for something, there are many things that could pop to one’s mind and go away and the like without giving further attention and research, in which in them could lie many answers on the quest one have.
When Albert Einstein was writing on a book about “Scientific Religion”, he was somehow was discontent on the existing religious communities and ideologies since he believed that science and religion should integrate and those who lived as advocators of both fields were kind of fanatics and extreme opposite.
This does not mean that he was correct or true; but he some how reached to his own personal conclusion that both needs integrated and harmonized environment so that there could be less stress and confusion on the fields about their own nature and how they should integrate in our life too.
Science believes in creating accurate inner models of reality as per scientific methods, in which one could have faith after one has proved something working on the practical world—after Experimentation and Testing. Reason comes first and then faith goes to the next level.
Where as Religious Truth requires first proofing centers of authority and then obedience to what they say. Authority here needs to be checked at first and then one should be trustworthy to what they say, which is very tricky here. What if one finds out something different thru time and questions the authority here?
Meaning if I accept someone as center of authority at age 20, and since mind and thinking are progressive due to many factors, I could not accept to the things I assumed as true at age 20, could be found fake and false at age 3o; in this case I could decline, since reason and faith are progressive and subject to change.
Obedience is not acceptable in here since ques is integral part of human nature and seeking answers to the possible quest people have is a duty and a responsibility everyone should undertake since independent investigation of the truth does not stop even if one follows and is programmed with one given system due to the fact that questions are life giving aspects and realities of the human life.
Religious Truth are like mirage in the asphalts where one could see at distant that there is a kind of water thing, and the moment you reached the spot, it is not water, but the asphalt and optical illusions caused by the writings and one’s own interpretations and understandings of texts too.
In case of Science, its findings and truths are objective and something that goes in conformity with truth and reality otherwise anything cannot be considered as science because it failed to be accepted and qualified as science and the like.
Scientific methods are related to linear aspects where as religious truths tend to be spontaneity, which requires further methods and approaches to testify and accept as legitimate. Science is more of reason first and faith next and Religion is more of faith first and reason next. How can they get integrated?
The harmony of Science and Religion here is based on accepting and respecting gaps and contradictions on their approaches and methods, one tries to harmonize based on the gaps they have like in certain cases there are times we need to accept certain things without proofing them since we cannot proof them; there are cases we accept certain things with proofs and testimonies too.
Reason tends to incline one to be more of , how do we know stuff? It requires proof , and the like, which tends to mislead and lead to wrong conclusions in which if one can not proof, as if something is wrong or does not exist, such as as can one proof human emotional feelings and the like if I made you hurt, can you laugh, but if I could try to experiment, laughing stuff while one is sad, it is too much reasoning could lead one to such aspects, which could be futile. This is just to indicate.
Hence there are two types of realities in which one could be proven in the labs and there are certain realities that cannot be proven due to human mind’s inadequacy, and thus mind has limited way of perceiving realities to date which could indicate that there are many realities going on but not accepted as legitimate due to human mind’s limited way of perceiving matters.
With regard to religious matters, here, there should be clear distinction and demarcation that should be made between texts and institutions, the institutions are interpretation of texts in human way, in which the texts could have different and other meanings and translations other than the institutions which depends on one’s understanding and interpretation capacity and methods.