Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Science vs Religion?

I'll start off by saying that I'm not a Pagan. I am a sort of universalist Christian, though that's not an entirely accurate description. Since graduating high school (in 2000), I had a very mundane, near-mechanistic view of the world, but have recently discarded it again because it's unsatisfying, doesn't sufficiently explain many reliable (but unscientific) accounts, and is, frankly, depressing.

But my education leaves me with some very unpleasant doubts. God (or gods) and souls are easy enough to reconcile logically - it is, after all, impossible to prove that a system is closed from within the system. But I still have trouble, at a "gut" level, reconciling this with science. Does science simply misinterpret the evidence, due to bias of some kind? Does it "break down" when dealing with such external factors? In short, HOW do people here reconcile things like spirits and gods with science, and explain science's lack of coverage?

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