... I. The Matrix ...

values paradoxes

Of course, there are many, many, many more books written about science or written about religion, than there are about reconciling the contradictions between science and religion. For good reason. There are serious differences and tears in the matrix. And some of the discontinuities appear irreconcilable. If you are reading this book, you most likely have had access to some of these different arguments.

Differences between science and religion provide the interesting aspects of seeking truth. As mentioned above, it seems truth is often found near a paradox. For instance, in 1927 Werner Karl Heisenberg introduced his famous uncertainty principle.5 This theory states both the position and momentum of a subatomic particle cannot be determined precisely at the same time. This is the ultimate scientific paradox. It defines limitations on understanding atoms, electrons, photons, and the other basic building blocks of everything we experience in life. And since we can not simultaneously measure the location and the energy of these basic building blocks of the universe, we must take one of the two measurements entirely on faith each time we measure the other one. So, as in most cases, within the paradox are both axes of the science - religion matrix, or what might be called the measurement - faith matrix.

Think about how this same type of paradox occurs with the spiritual side of our personal lives. For example, when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we find we are invulnerable.6 Nothing is about us, and yet everything we experience is about you and about me.7 Several sites on the Internet quote Dwight D. Eisenhower as saying "Plans are nothing; planning is everything."8 On an intimate personal or business relationship level, we are often attracted to the very person who will bring up our most personal issues.9, 1.5 The bright side of this paradox is that when we don't personalizing everything, we find we have developed a mature relationship with our nemesis. Scientists often find similar "mature" relationships with their data.

Isn't it interesting how many significant scientific advances have been made by men and women of faith, or at least men and women with strong religious backgrounds? There are many lists of significant contributors. Table 1 complies and adds to some lists put together by Time Magazine in 1999. Studying the lives of those who made a difference, it often appears as if the background and circumstances of these individuals prepared their minds, and they were willing to be open to new ways of looking at a problem. Then new ideas were planted in their minds, recognized, and eventually shared with the world. Many who contribute positively recognize the impact of a source of creativity outside themselves. A spiritual source of information, knowledge, and wisdom.

I certainly do.

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