the Science of Faith

Many people think science and faith are worlds apart. Oh, if it were only so. Then the religionists and the scientists would both go to battle with at least one good leg to stand on.

Faith is supposed to be something you cannot see or feel – although “gut feeling” or sense of rightness is at the core of it – and all things in science are those things that are measurable.

Conscious decisions made by people are not done so in a vacuum. Personal experience defines how you will react to stimuli and draw opinions from that input. If faith were truly something beyond that, how could someone possibly “lose their faith” when a loved one died. The faith would be completely separate from experiential input… but it is not.

So faith is developed through a logical sequence of experience and intuition that is extremely personal. In most cases, the faithful could probably not even tell you how their faith came about. It is that subtle.

On the other hand scientists – those masters of the slide rule and dynamic equations – tell us something is so because of a theory. And how do they know this theory is correct? Can they prove it? No, but it fits all the known data.

If anyone can see a difference between the two belief systems, I would like to know.

Sure, there will be a scientist spluttering and screaming “But it makes no sense!” or “It cannot be measured” or some such. They pile up so much data on each of their theories until – at least in their own minds – it becomes more than a theory. It becomes fact. And how did this metamorphosis take place? By a simple decision to start thinking it is a fact.

Has anything really changed? Has the theory been “proven”? Not nearly.

So the scientists have taken the theories to be reality based on the faith in the viability of their theory and its supporting evidence. Or even the lack of such evidence.

Any way you look at it, it is still the same thing: faith.

Scientists will, of course, deny that they operate on faith. And religionists will, of course, claim there is no scientific basis behind their faith.

But the utilization of the science of faith does in no way demean or lessen one’s closeness to the Almighty, or one’s ability to continue in science.

It is just that there are many paths to reach the infinite. Just as we were created to be different, He has made as many different roads as we require.

Pythagoras and Newton both took the mathematical road. Mathematicians today try to avoid the religious implications though they travel that same road.

But it really does not matter which road anyone takes. The roads may differ but the destination is the same. The understanding and universal truth sought by science is the same as that sought by the faithful; it is synonymous with the Almighty.

The path is wide enough to share… while we squabble over the details.

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