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Step Away from that Mythical Line that Supposedly Separates Science and Religion

If you haven’t heard there is good news, although it’s not necessarily new news. It has actually been around for at least 400 to 500 years. Religion and Science; and, Science and Religion are not mutually exclusive. Most of what is science has and does become easily incorporated into what leads many religious people to wonder about, to embrace, to include and even work in science. And, many of our greatest scientists past and present have held religious beliefs.

It also equally important to make the distinction that atheism or humanism is not the same as science.

And even though, I majored in Sociology and loved it, much of what masquerades as social sciences, beginning with the likes of Freud, is really just pseudoscience, strident atheist using the scientific method and terminology to support their unscientific conjectures. The worse offense is the use of all uncertainty and doubt as proof that there is no absolute truth or universal truths. Perverting the fact that truth does exist, but it is our understanding of those truths that is selective and subjective. Honestly, loyalty, patience, peace and joy, don’t go out of existence or become situational because humans fail to understand and apply them correctly.

Additionally, this misuse of science has been used and continues to be used to explain away any possibility of a divine purpose to life or to mock and ridicule eternal values and to propose a new experimental morality for a “brave, new world”. Of course, the new morality isn’t reality morality at all, or what we could call a definable set of beliefs, but a hope, a wish, a fancy, a mythology that our moral actions can be separated from their consequences or at best be taken care of in 30 minutes. But life is not like at TV sitcom. Life is deeper than feel good sound bites, pithy comebacks and it’s cannot be supported by “schizophrenic subterfuge” that creates false distinctions and leads to confusion, dissension, cries about false inequalities and ultimately collective misery and spiritual poverty.

Just at the brain is not the same as the mind and just as there is our physical heart and then there is our “heart”, we know there are two parts to our natures or our reality as individuals. And this reality cannot be controlled by our selfish passions, needs, desires and pleasures without causing serious damage to our physical and spiritual selves as well as the other people in our lives. And we know that life is an ongoing struggle between our physical selves and our spiritual selves. But that struggle is not for one to be in control of the other, but the struggle is to harmonize those dual parts of our souls.

Despite saying earlier that Science and Religion are not exclusive, there is at least one area where science, as we know it, and believe cannot co-exist. We know that science can lead one to speculate about God and to surmise about His possible existence or at least the existence of some creative intelligence in the universe, but it cannot cause one to belief God. This, my friend, requires faith.

Uncritical Darwinism: Forced Theory, Observation and Common Sense

I have to admit that my sister, God bless her, has convinced me through her persistent art of persuasion not to outright dismiss evolution. While this still holds true, I believe evolution has to be critically examined, especially when it has become the foundation for much of our social policy.

The following are selections from S. Adam Seagrave’s article, Evolution and the Eye Test which makes a good a case for why evolution needs to be critically examined. One of those reasons states Seagrave is that one of Darwin’s underlying premises in The Origin of Species was that observation and common sense be suspended while theory, a limited view of reality, be allowed to prevail.

Seagrave comments:

“While our senses might not be infallible, there is little to think they are outright deceptive. And while we shouldn’t reject evolutionary theory because it contradicts our ordinary sensory experience of the world, we should be wary of committing the opposite mistake [accepting all points of evolution despite their contradictions to our ordinary sensory experiences]….Regardless of whether Darwin is right [about natural selection], the fact remains we clearly see fixed and distinct species existing in ordered hierarchical beauty, not the fluid and formless continuity his theory depicts. As far as we know from direct observation and recorded history, trees seem to have always been trees, starfish to have always been starfish, squirrels to have always been squirrels, and human beings to have always been human beings. Species appear to have fixed and ordered relationships with one another and to fit together in a rational way, and not lie on a disorganized continuum….”

To me, the actual observation of evolution occurring is probably the theory’s biggest shortcomings. There has been no actual observation of evolution occurring in the past or present. What I am saying is no one has ever seen one species evolve into another species or a higher species.

Apparently, evolution is something that happens collectively to a species and not individually and it takes forever to happen. If that were not the case, I would imagine we would see within species some individuals being more evolved than others–we should see some chimpanzees or monkeys more upright than others. Possibly, we’d some developing more sophisticated tools than others. Or, others with more developed and sophisticated speech and reasoning than others. Despite this lack of observation, its is a must that we take it on faith that sometime in the distant future, maybe millions or billions of years away from now, that collectively all chimps or monkeys will be more like us or even fully human. In that day, when they do evolve, we are expected to believe they will be building up their own suburban neighborhoods, sipping Pinot Noir, reading Shakespeare, and democratically electing their own leaders. I know I am not the smartest monkey of the bunch, but it all seems a little too implausible given what I’ve been able to observe about evolution so far. I am not even sure if chimps or monkey buy into it either.

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