Thursday, January 8, 2015

How Can A Scientist be Religious?

I have encountered this question, in one form or another, so many times in my life as a Hellenist. Whether it be through the question itself, or through hints that seek to immensely separate religion and spirituality from science. However, I am proud to say that I am a great lover of science, and might even be considered a scientist in many ways. Yet, I am also extremely religious and spiritual. 

The problem, I think, is that modern science has fought very hard to make this separation, and tell people that they can't have both, which is among the most faulty logic and one of the greatest fallacies of our modern age. And many scientific leaders have made it clear that they are not accepting any evidence of divinity or spirituality. They've made that abundantly clear. Not that there is no evidence, but that they will not accept any. When we look back to Ancient Greece, where my religion comes from, there were great many scientists and philosophers, such as Socrates and Plato, who clearly believed in the Greek Gods as well. And, of course, we must not forget people like Pythagoras and Empedocles. But, in this post, I don't want to go too much into examples of ancient scientists. Rather, I want to explain why one does not have to abandon their religious and spiritual beliefs in order to embrace science. 

Science is the study of truth, and from that truth we gain much wisdom, in so far as wisdom can be obtained. My maxims encourage me to pursue wisdom, and my beliefs to seek truth as far as a mortal can seek. Science, to my understanding, is basically the study of how things work, and how things have been, are, and will or could be in the future. Now, obviously, that encompasses a great many areas of study. Now, I ask myself, why should this pursuit force me to abandon my religion? Certainly, we will find out things we did not know before, but to me, science is basically finding out how the Gods do things, and if they did not want us to know how our world and universe works, they would not have given us the knowledge and the means by which to achieve it. Our beliefs can vary and change as we grow older and learn new things. However, the Gods themselves are the Gods. Their existence is, they just are, and science, to me, is a pursuit of better understanding them.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Chris.

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