Science Religion & Faith

"The truly pious must negotiate a difficult course between

the precipice of godlessness
and the marsh of superstition.

- Plutarch

Plutarch's essay on Superstition is, in the main, an attempt to prove that superstition is worse than atheism. 
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Moralia/De_superstitione*.html
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Science and Religion have been at odds with one another since the 16th century when Copernicus revealed that the earth was not the center of the universe; that the earth revolved around the sun. 

Copernicus, (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543 ), astronomer who formulated a heliocentric model of the universe, which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center.)

and Galileo  (persecuted by the Roman Inquisition in 1615)  were both persecuted by the church as heretics.

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Between Faith and Science

Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid.  When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a  living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather with the voice of compassion, its message becomes meaningless.

ABRAHAM HESCHEL 

The forward from Barabra Brown Taylor's book,  Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion

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In these essays on the dialogue between science and Christian faith, Barbara Brown Taylor describes her journey as a preacher learning what the insights of quantum physics, the new biology, and chaos theory can teach a person of faith. She seeks to discover why scientists sound like poets and why physicists use the language of imagination, ambiguity, and mystery also found...  in scripture. In explaining why the church should care about the new insights of science, Taylor suggests ways we might close the gap between spirit and matter, between the sacred and the secular. We live in the midst of a web of creation where nothing is without consequence and where all things coexist, even in such a way that each of us changes the world, whether we know it or not. In this luminous web faith and science join on a single path, seeking to learn the same truths about life in the universe. For a moment, Taylor writes, we see through a glass darkly. We live in the illusion that we are all separate I ams. When the fog finally clears, we shall know there is only One.

Luminous Web by Barbara Brown Taylor Take a Look Inside

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Luminous Web by Barbara Brown Taylor Take a Look Inside

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"... it does me good to do what’s difficult. That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word – for religion – so I go outside at night to paint the stars.'"                           - Vincent van Gogh





Celebrating the communion of science and faith,Painting the Stars explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers, the seven-session program includes a downloadable/printable participant reader (written by evolutionary theologian Bruce Sanguin) and a facilitator guide with discussion questions. The basic format for each 1-1½ hour session includes conversation around the readings, a 20-minute video presentation and guided discussion.

 

“This course is a masterpiece. The content, editing and graphics are beyond first rate. Congratulations to all.”John Jacobson, Facilitator - New Smyrna Beach Theology Club

More the way Christianity' cannot reconcile Faith and Science, more the way Christianity is relegated to a fairy-tale religion.  Some Christian’s non-acceptance of Science turns away many  people that are seeking God; faith.  In the 21st century Science is accepted.  Science has given us space travel, the splitting of the atom, many medical breakthroughs, and the Hubble telescope has given mankind a window to the universe; a universe that is evolving, and so should our understanding. God is always revealing himself/herself to us all of the time through many different facets of understanding.

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These prayers spark the spiritual imagination back to life and reorient us to a mystical unity with the universe, Spirit, and all of creation. Emerging out of the conversation between the science of evolution and spirituality, these prayers continually surprise with their earthy wisdom and a profound celebration of life. They awaken in us a sacred impulse to evolve in and toward the heart of the divine. For worship leaders, the prayers follow the season of the Christian year. You'll find prayers for every season of the year as well as for special occasions. As an aid to private devotional practice, they stir the soul to awaken to a cosmic identity - being the presence of the evolving universe in human form. The prayers are also being used as devotions to open sacred gatherings and meetings. A collection of prayers like If Darwin Prayed comes along once in a very long time.

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Here are some Quotes to help us open up our minds!

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.
Aiden Wilson Tozer 

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/bible_2.html#dksyRGTHPZwlfSJ0.99 


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