Squeezing Science for Spiritual Juice
The science story is for control, prediction, and guiding further research; it's not for religious purposes. Nevertheless, religion, faith, and spirituality can often be aided by a story about how we got here, and what sort of being we are, and what our world is like.
That’s why there’s Genesis, and the thousands of other creation stories among human cultures. Creation stories have the spiritual function of situating us: giving us a sense of place and belonging in this world. Creation stories awaken our spirits, arouse us to awe and gratitude, show us that we are each more than merely our ego defenses.
So: the bud vase! The interaction between science and religion lies in the prospect for spiritual fulfillment through the stories the scientists have developed, even though those stories didn’t come from any intent to serve religious purposes.
and thus to beauty,
and thus to gratitude,
and thus to compassion,
then let’s squeeze those scientific findings for all the spiritual juice we can.
Particularly for us Unitarian Universalists, the project of using scientific findings within a spiritually satisfying story is an important one. We want a story both scientifically respectable and spiritually relevant.
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This is part 2 of 7 of "Eschatology: Evolution's Arrow"
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