An approach which integrates ideas from both religion and science is taken by the people, books, and movie listed below.
The individuals are
either trained as scientists, work with scientists or share the results of scientific research in their books.
Please note that I use the word religion loosely here. These people would probably be more comfortable with the labels of mysticism and spirituality. They work with the paradigm that we are spiritual beings.
I have been helped by the work of Matthew Manning, and I am delighted to have heard Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra and Jude Currivan speak live. I have less knowledge of the other people listed below.
In my spiritual journey, I am the experiment and the experimenter, and I have not felt the need for additional research data to guide my journey.
So, I leave it to you to look up these resources and decide for yourself whether they suggest that religion versus science, or instead move us towards a view that religion and science can be compatible.
Alternatively, you might be interested in statistical research findings which demonstrate the health benefits of spirituality and spiritual practice.
“She holds a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Reading researching ancient cosmologies, and an Oxford University Masters Degree in Physics specializing in cosmology and quantum physics.”
"What has put Dr. Emoto at the forefront of the study of water is his proof that thoughts and feelings affect physical reality. By producing different focused intentions through written and spoken words and music and literally presenting it to the same water samples, the water appears to "change its expression"."
"How God Changes Your Brain: Breathrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist,"
Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Robert Waldman,
Ballantine Books, 2009
The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism.
By physicist Fritjof Capra, published in 1975 by Shambhala Publications of Berkeley, California. It has since been published in 43 editions in 23 languages.
God is not Dead
by Dr. Amit Goswami
“In his groundbreaking book God Is Not Dead, Dr. Amit Goswami demonstrates that not only are science and religion compatible, but that quantum physics actually proves the existence of God.”
Note from Katherine: This book looks very interesting for those interested in the subject of religion and science. I personally though do not subscribe to the idea of proving the existence of God.
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There is a lovely myth that touches on the religion versus science argument.
I compare the use of logic with the act of constructing a building.
A good logical argument means you are building with skill.
if the building blocks you use are not sturdy, it doesn’t matter how
high the building goes, or how good the building looks, it will not
Someone who builds poorly but with good materials will still gain better and more enduring shelter.
Religion and science take a different initial building block for their decision about the nature of reality and their decision on how to live their life. This is communicated in the following bible quote.
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”
Now to you who believe, this stone is precious.
But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,” and,
“A stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
(1 Peter 2:6-8)
Many religious teachings start from the belief that either the world is not real or that there is a greater reality beyond and running through this level of reality. Because they believe this, it is logical for spiritual seekers to commit their lives to allowing awareness of this greater loving reality to replace their own limited understanding of how the world seems to be.
Many (definitely not all) scientists
start from the belief that the world is real and that the religious and
spiritual seekers are – in the words of the Bible above – building
their lives on a capstone that they themselves have rejected.
For myself, as a student of both A Course In Miracles(ACIM) and the Bible, I believe that as I shift my perception I call into my reality the peace that is always present in God.
If I see evidence for fear, it is my job to hold to my belief that I am held in God’s love.
If I stand in front of a crucifixion, it is my job to call on the resurrection.
“I walk by faith,
(2 Corinthians 5:7, NIV)
My belief is – if you like - a portal. As I allow myself to access a different reality, I change the filter through which I see the world.
more than this, Because my mind is part of The Mind and we are all
interconnected, this change in my mind can not only change the filter,
but literally change the world.
Both religion and science now have some agreement around the idea that belief literally changes the world we see. Quantum physics now puts forward the idea that the expectation of the observer influences not only what is seen, but what is actually there.
It is interesting that religious seekers have been doing the experiment of changing their mind to change the world for thousands of years.
When it comes to religion and science, perhaps science is now catching up with the idea that by changing our mind we can change our world.
Some scientists are now choosing different material for their building block and using their wonderful skills of logic to build a structure of substance that is an integration of the wisdom of both religion and science.
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