Bube’s “Way of Relating”

March 17, 2009


I’ve never really thought that there were so many different forms of relating science and religion. I’ve always thought that there was those who believe in science, those who believe in religion, and those…. who simply stand in the middle. Believers of both.

I’m an agnostic. That’s as close as I can get to categorising myself in some form of religious category. I don’t believe that science should be the only thing looked upon, & I don’t think one should really go head on into religion and forget all else about our modernistic proving society.

I believe a good balance between the two will make the one person happy =]

Of course, there will be contradictions. Science will say “No no!! I proved you wrong, religion!” And religion will come back with a “But this is what GOD says!”
And when situations come to that, I simply stand back and let the two parties fight it out. I mean, I’m not that knowledgeable in either subjects. Who am I to say one should best the other?
Science? I’ve never been quite fond of it. Maybe because it was a compulsory subject at school. So being the rebel I am, I just tuned out.
Religion? This on the other hand I’ve never been quite interested. I mean, I belong to a family with a religion – Buddhism. But besides that compulsory visits to temples twice a year; there’s nothing that I do that really makes me part of that religion.

Bube got me thinking though. What do I, myself, fall under when looking at how science and religion relate to each other?

Well….. being a pushover, I could relate and agree to pretty much all seven of the ways he suggested. =]
Though, the one that really stood out was the seventh way of relation that was mentioned.

“Religion and Science give Complementary Insights”

The title says it all. Both religion and science are able to coexist because they give different perspectives of the one thing.
Science allows us to understand things – to prove uncertainties and provide concrete answers to questions about our surrounding world. It’s there to enlighten us about how our society runs on physical and psychological levels. It lets us delve into our past – what really happened and how. And it allows us to try and predict what will come in the future.

But how about all the other aspects of our world that won’t be able to be understood? At least not in this lifetime or in the near future? How of all the coincidences that occur? Things that happen without any scientific explanation?

Is it simply because it’s all “not true”?

That’s my reasoning for my choice in the relation of the two.

Another thing that I was just thinking about. Maybe religion is something we use to fill in the gaps – temporarily whilst science tries to slowly provide us with answers.
As time goes by, science will be able to prove parts of religion right or wrong. But for the time being, is the basis of religion just the draft answer we write, before we can certainly print out the final copy and say “Yep, that’s what it is. That’s final.” ?

Just a thought. What do you think?



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