News from the worship world

October 1, 2008 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

An artist has built a temple to science.

There are three things wrong with that sentence. I don’t know about you but I don’t think an artist should be temple-ing or sciencing, except to have them as muse.

In the general sense of the word, a temple is a place of worship, a space to facilitate meditation on the spiritual. Temples do not actually have to be physical locations.

Science, well we all know it’s the pursuit of the empirical. Prove the theory, explain it, and add another confirmed piece to the physical world.

Call me nuts but I see both science and managed spirituality as the same – they are both organised religions.

To understand and grow spiritually/scientifically, one starts by learning from teachers. Seeking answers is one path to enlightenment. Study any religion (I use the word loosely) and a clear course for learning soon emerges. You must do this, this and that to gain the next level. The higher the stance, the longer discipline has been employed to reach it.

In science, the discovery process seems more transparent and is openly subject to peer review. In the halls of religion, discourse is encouraged though rarely publicly sanctioned. There are schools and schools within religions and faculties. Tell me, don’t they all seek to understand? Except maybe to understand according to a pre-held view in their own words, i.e. prove a theory.

Johnathan Keats is “deeply sympathetic to both sides of a schism” and thinks science could not replace religion, as we know it, wholesale because we don’t know what science will become.

Well, duh. Couldn’t the same be said of every major religion at it’s youth?

I don’t think there are only two sides to this schism anymore than I need to see this artist’s pithy monument to the conversation – pretty as it is. More symbols we don’t need.

The best thing would be for people to engage these questions, and consider what form religion could take as science.

I, for one, would like to get away from anything that even smells like religion.


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