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In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus says "Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand? For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible; nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear. What does Jesus mean in this passage? For me, as a scientist, this passage has always had a special meaning.
- The Science and Religion Relationship
- 50 Questions to Ask Before Falling in Love
- THE RELATION OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION
Science is all about bringing what is hidden in the natural world the natural laws into the light of human knowledge and reason. In effect, it is a lamp that shines its light and reveals the Work of God. So what does Jesus say about such lamps, then?
Not to place them in places where their light won't shine. Science reveals His creation.
What happens when you fall in love across the religious divide?
He wants it exposed. The same holds true, of course, to that which shines its light and reveals the Word of God: It is the Church that provides important guidance as to the meaning of Scripture, objective truths unknowable by reason alone like the mystery of the Trinity, for exampleand moral certitude despite winds of change in cultural attitude and behavior.
Both science and the Church are equally aided by the gift of reason. Rational arguments are just as necessary in theological questions as in scientific ones. And it is reason that leads us to the conclusion that we need both science for our physical concerns and religion for our spiritual concerns in our life tool belts to deal with the problems that arise from being creatures consisting of mind, soul, and matter. Putting this all together, then, we can see that science and religion are never really completely divorced from one another, but rather serve complementary roles.
Is Christianity a religion or a relationship?
Science, guided in the moral spirit of the Church, provides us with answers to "how? How does gravity work? How does a baby progress from a zygote to a fetus? We build sukkahs and release our clay Ganeshas into the ocean. We decorate our Christmas tree and light our menorah.
We talk about peace, justice, compassion, generosity and God — referencing religions far beyond our own, across time, distance, and culture. Despite all this, some people still ask us, exasperated: It makes sense that so many of us dream, initially at least, that we will find true love with a person who shares the same religious label, because we think it means they have walked the same religious path that we have.
We naturally look for someone who has made the same leaps of faith, who has gone through the same internal transformation, who nods along knowingly as we describe our indescribable connection to something invisible. We imagine someone who gets us, who shares the same truth or God or gods that we do, or, perhaps, who has uttered the same denials as us, or who remains as steadfastly unsure about the meaning of it all as we ourselves are.
The assumption here is that sharing the same religion is a shortcut to deeper unity. But praying the same words in the same order, or reading the same sacred book through and through again, or singing the same songs are not necessarily a gateway to a meaningful connection.
The Science and Religion Relationship
Each journey of faith is unique and personal. No two believers are alike. And, as anyone in any relationship will tell you, no two people are alike. Everyone has their own views, opinions and convictions, regardless of their chosen religion or lack of one.
Some relationships are interfaith, but all relationships are inter-belief. What is that necessary and sufficient factor?
We have found that it is far more important to share the same values than the same religion. It is true that some values are associated more closely with certain religion affiliations. But values do not just take root inside a person as a result of their religion, of how they have chosen to describe or name or worship God.
We choose our values because of myriad factors: Our values shape us, as our journeys through life — and our journeys through faith — play out.