There can be no balance of science and religion. There can be a give-and-take relationship that recognizes this. The scientist must seek empirical evidence. The faithful must seek absolute knowledge.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was this imbalance in one visionary.
A biological approach for understanding life that seeks the absolute knowledge — lofty. That science/faith investigation must rearrange perception and place levels of perceptions into most-true perspectives, sort this about, reorganize, sift and categorize, expand and reduce, adjust and test and dialog.
The evolution of this is for me impossible to see. The process is not. I worked at it for many yeas, I see the process clearly.
This new emergence of a global Internet and of communication is essential. A process for intellectual evolution is necessary too. Teilhard, I think, viewed this process evolving from democratic global leadership.
Interestingly, this too is occurring and the ultra fast Internet is stimulating this. The balance too is virtually impossible to maintain of authoritative and individualist interests.
So, Teilhard went further too and he predicted trans-humanizing biology — enhancing humans.
All this and more is in the present happening.
As readers of this blog know, I believe that a synthesis of sound science and ancient spiritual traditions (combined with a healthy dose of humility) is necessary to avoid the dangers of fundamentalism, whether it be religious fundamentalism or scientific fundamentalism. One of the reasons I am a Catholic is because the Church has long supported science and the integration of faith and reason.
Dave Pruett had an excellent article in the Huffington Post this week what happens when this relationship between science and religion is severed. The result is contemporary Western civilization with its reduction of human beings to GDP units, consumerism and ecological damage. I encourage you to read the entire article (which references Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry) but set forth below is an excerpt:
[I]n The Power of Myth (1988), the late Joseph Campbell explored the vital ways in which mythology — the overarching story of…
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