Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Science vs. Religion

20 Feb

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
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This afternoon, I went to the movies with some friends to see “Philomena.” It was based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. My son Joe had seen it and gave it the “Mom movie” stamp of approval. He knows what I like. No violence, cussin’, gratuitous sex or Three Stooges slap-stick stupidity. It was a lovely movie.

The movie got me to thinking about the enormous part that religion can play in our lives. We were raised Catholic, as my parents and their parents were, and as my children were. That was our foundation. Some people were raised without any religious beliefs and take a more scientific approach to life, but they are still good people. Religion doesn’t define a person’s heart, the goodness of their heart defines that person.

Without giving away the plot of the movie, (just in case you didn’t see it yet) the Catholic Church sometimes gets a bad rap for many of its present practices and of those from days gone by, but religion gives us that foundation to build on. It’s up to us to complete the house. (Wow! I’m coming up with some deep metaphors.) There are good and bad people in every society or religious background. You can’t make blanket generalizations, but many people do.

I found the movie thought provoking and entertaining. The character of Philomena never lost her faith, even after suffering untold hardships. Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts on the movie and my faith. The movie made me laugh, cry and contemplate life. If you saw it too, feel free to share your thoughts. I know you’re never suppose to discuss religion or politics, but this is more like discussing good movies.

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Science vs Religion…the two are not rivals.

3 Responses to “Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Science vs. Religion”

  1. Tina Wantland February 20, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I saw the movie too and just like you, I was moved by the fact that Philomena never lost her faith or belief in God. She also followed the example and commandment of God by choosing to forgive, regardless if they asked for forgiveness, or deserved it. She was also non-judgemental! All those traits lead me to believe she had a great relationship with Jesus, and bolsters my own belief that it isn’t about religion at all. I believe even Jesus hated religion, but was indeed God, who made himself man, in order to have a closer relationship with us, for it was then, and only then, that we could see the perfect example of who we are all called to be.

    • toniandrukaitis February 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Yes, we all have a calling. Some hear the call and act accordingly. Others hear it, but chose not to listen. Good to hear from you.

  2. Robert Landbeck February 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Alvin Plantinga wrote in one of his many apologist replys: “You really can’t sensibly claim theistic belief is irrational without showing it isn’t true.” Of course within this statement is the presumption that religion and theistic belief cannot be proved false! Now that presumption is under real threat with unimaginable consequences!

    For what science and religion, not to mention the rest of us, thought impossible has now happened. History has its first literal, testable and fully demonstrable proof for faith and it’s on the web.

    The first wholly new interpretation for two thousand years of the moral teachings of Christ has been published. Radically different from anything else we know of from theology or history, this new teaching is predicated upon the ‘promise’ of a precise, predefined, and predictable experience of transcendent omnipotence and called ‘the first Resurrection’ in the sense that the Resurrection of Jesus was intended to demonstrate Gods’ willingness to reveal Himself and intervene directly into the natural world for those obedient to His will, paving the way for access, by faith, to the power of divine Will and ultimate proof!

    Thus ‘faith’ becomes an act of trust in action, the search along a defined path of strict self discipline, [a test of the human heart] to discover His ‘Word’ of a direct individual intervention into the natural world by omnipotent power that confirms divine will, law, command and covenant, which at the same time, realigns our mortal moral compass with the Divine, “correcting human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness and human ethical perception beyond all natural evolutionary boundaries.” Thus is a man ‘created’ in the image and likeness of his Creator.

    So like it or no, a new religious teaching, testable by faith, meeting all Enlightenment criteria of evidence based causation and definitive proof now exists. Nothing short of an intellectual, moral and religious revolution is getting under way. To test or not to test, that is the question? More info at http://www.energon.org.uk

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