Reflection 3. Need for balance of Science and Religion

Many people wrongly believe that religion in general is no longer valid or useful in this age of science and progress. Religion remains a vital need for human progress, however not the expression of religion as it has mutated and failed to adapt or progress over the centuries since it was originally revealed by its founder. Science offers a needed and valuable counter balance to religion in this day. Religion needs to accord with science as science needs to be guided by the light of religion. Both are relative and progressive. Both can use the other to help it keep on track. Both come from and tap into a higher power and both are to lead to a higher truth. Each can shed light on the relativity and progressive nature of the other.  Each can enable a more productive and progressive expression of the other.

Science helps us understand and deal with our physical world and religion with our spiritual realities. Both are real and both exert influence on each other: our physical and spiritual well-being. As we continue to develop our scientific capacities and corollary technologies, the need for an equally developed spiritual potential and religious structure becomes more apparent and pressing. These two knowledge systems need to work together to help humanity advance and meet the needs of this critical periods in human history.

The solution to these problems live within the teachings of Baha’u’llah, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Baha’u’llah taught during the latter half of the nineteenth century, making the Bahá’í Faith the most recent of world religions. Two of the foundational principles and teachings of Baha’u’llah are that we are to independently investigate truth and use science and religion in making judgments about truth. Not only has religion become corrupted over centuries of misuse and misinterpretation, science likewise is susceptible to similar misuse and misinterpretation.

Therefore, the need is for true religion and true science, shorn of their inaccuracies, superstitions, bigotry, distortions and vanity, not religion or science that is colored by limited worldviews, corrupt inclinations, selfish desires and vain imaginations. Both must faithfully adhere to the highest principles of truth seeking and verification. They must not be dogmatic or fanatical in their approach. They are both governed by laws that can be discerned and discovered, and the both benefit by the proper application of scientific and religious attitudes, methods and approaches.


About rodclarken

Dr. Rodney H Clarken is professor emeritus, School of Education, Northern Michigan University.
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