In science every quest is approached with a question mark. In religion it is already laid out as law. But if we examine the religious domain then we can see that religion’s goal is the manifestation of the divine soul. In science this domain is still fuzzy though the goal of the mind sciences is now becoming the actualization of the full humanness potential; the development of emotional intelligence to the +2 super mature level. The divine soul is the very essence of man which is the same as the goals of science to make every one as loving and as human as possible.
It is clear that when it comes to wisdom, religion boldly tells you to follow the ways of the wise. No wonder religion wants you to follow the wise path as law! Because main stream science won’t even define wisdom; and has more or less abandoned the research of wisdom. I think religion is the winner here. Perhaps the Prophets knew that till mankind is able to find out and define wisdom, wisdom ways must be enforced by law! And who can blame religion for this?
As I have said you can have wisdom and become wise through upbringing, through wisdom (brain) education or by grinding down ignorance via experiencing reality/truth over several decades. Or you can learn wisdom behavior and follow the wisdom path. So who can blame religion for making you behave wisely by law! Science and religion; two sides of the same coin or the same coin?
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The ultimate goals of science and religion are one and the same: the emancipation of man. They are not only the two sides of the same coin; they are two paths describing the same coin: the ultimate context of human beings in our universe. Religion seeks to teach us the truth and science works to uncover reality. Reality and truth are the same entity. Thus the goals of both are the same. At least as far as the mind sciences are concerned both seek the same goal. Religion seeks to give man wisdom. Science seeks to give man emotional intelligence. At the most developed level of emotional intelligence the brain’s quality is wisdom. So the words may be different but the truth and the reality is the same. Even the paths may be different but the destination is the same; to give man wisdom/emotional intelligence.
Religion says again and again that the word is the bottom line. And the word is what describes the truth. The word is the concept/description of truth. Science says it is the concept/phenomena behind the forces of nature that man must define as close to reality as possible. Which means both are trying to get to the very nature of truth/reality.
In one word religion wants you be good and do good, to know and follow the truth. Science wants nothing but the same. They both want man to actualize his full emotional intelligence/wisdom potential.
Thank you for a wonderful post Sajid.
Science and religion have for the longest time been two forces unwilling to coexist. I remember watching a documentary on how the catholic church tormentend scientist for discoveries that deviated from the accepted beliefs.
Your article does a great job connecting the two.