“Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth.” — Rupert Sheldrake
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author. I recently read his new book, Science Set Free. I intend to summarize his book in another post. It was fascinating.
It is amazing to me what, as a people of the earth, we don’t know. Not knowing is a good thing – it means we are free to explore, journey for ourselves, discover our own truth. I’m all for not knowing.
Religions don’t know anything about god, source, creator, spirit – absolutely nothing. The experience of the divine is personal – not institutional. It is an experience of the heart, soul, spirit – it is not of the mind. Religion is philosophy – mind based.
Science is based on laws that are mostly theories – and some of those theories are starting to look a little shaky.
And, yet, whether a religious or a scientific fundamentalists – they are trapped in very old thoughts and theories – in dogma. If there is anything at all to any one of the many field theories, it is clear we have moved on as a people. We have evolved despite an anchor tied to our creativity.
It amazes me how much religion and science have in common. They both came out of the same past and they are both stuck there. It’s amazing they think “they know the truth.”
What’s more amazing is that many of us think they do, too.