|Church and Science||09.11.11|
Athena of the 5th World
For centuries science and religion have battled to a standstill. Now is the time to remove blinders on both extremes and open to the new truths that lie on the higher ground in the middle, for that is where the truth lies for the future of this planet.
These things are happening; they are real, but science can't readily research them because they fall outside of their current paradigm.
Once upon a time the church and science worked together quite well and everyone accepted that it was the church that held the pendulum of Truth! But they began losing their grip on the truth when Giordano Bruno and Galileo Galilei proposed that the Earth revolved around the sun and the church didn't like their truth being disturbed. The Inquisition quickly brought people under control, and those who wanted to keep their bodies intact went silent or underground. The Inquisition represented the moral bankruptcy of the Church's Truth.
Science and the church came to a parting of the ways and amicably agreed that the church would take care of the unobservable world of spirit, and science would stick to the observable physical world. Then the Pendulum of Truth began its swing toward science.
Our current scientific materialist paradigm was established when Descartes and others began developing their mechanistic view of the world something may have created it, but it now runs on its own like a well-oiled machine. Science pushed itself away from the supernatural even further when it sought reform and developed the scientific method, where hypotheses could be proposed, tests could be run, and results could be determined. The scientific method worked, and many useful and profound discoveries were made through this process. The only limiting factor was that science could only test what they could observe the physical world.
Charles Darwin further cemented this path when he sailed off on the Beagle in 1831. Like all of us, he carried the current paradigm of his day with him and all of his observations and conclusions were derived from this mechanistic viewpoint. As we know, he concluded that over billions of years, life developed out of a warm little pond and eventually evolved into the complex, multicellular beings we are today.
Most Christians' initial reaction to Darwin's Origin of Species was negative. On the extreme side of Christianity there was a firm belief that Scripture is divinely inspired and true. Over time, many Christians held firm to this doctrine, but most just held their belief system along side of evolution.
In Darwin's later years he began to focus on the evolution of love, altruism and human kindness. However, at this point it was too late, the now "Darwinists" dismissed Darwin himself because the pendulum of truth's momentum was at full speed.
At the close of the 19th century, science felt confident in its belief that the universe was a physical machine made out of elemental particles called atoms, and the dynamics of our world could be understood by studying atomic actions and reactions. Science settled into its scientific materialist paradigm so much so that in 1900, Lord Kelvin, an Irish mathematical physicist, addressed a scientific group and stated that there was nothing new to be discovered in physics, and all that remained was more and more precise measurement.
However, this certainty was already falling apart because five years earlier several scientists were already making new discoveries. German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen (Runt-jen) was investigating X-rays and found that a mysterious force emanating from matter penetrated other matter. Then Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radioactivity. Two years later, British physicist Sir Joseph Thomson detected electrons so now the atom was not the smallest particle. Then German physicist Max Planck discovered that electrons could jump from one energy shell of an atom to another shell instantaneously going from one energy level to another. He recognized that electrons were made up of units of radiant energy he called quanta.
Along came Albert Einstein in 1905, who showed that nonmaterial light waves expressed physical characteristics that before were only attributed to matter. Now matter was acting as light and light was acting as matter. Einstein's famous unified theory proposes that the "Universe is one indivisible dynamic whole wherein all physical parts and energy fields are entangled and interdependent."
The scientific materialist's point of view held that our fixation on materialism and its deterministic belief that all events, including human choices and decisions, are a result of cause and effect. Unknowingly, Quantum physics was undermining our fixation on materialism when Werner Heisenberg, another German physicist, developed his uncertainty principle that suggested that the existence of matter itself is uncertain and that the consciousness of the observer changed what could be observed.
So all of a sudden there was no longer a clean break between the observable and unobservable. Consciousness arrived on the stage, and it was disrupting the clean line between the church and science.
It is quite fascinating to think that the invisible energy field that seems to shape matter has the same characteristics of the invisible energy field that the Church calls spirit.
Interestingly enough, Max Planck once said, "All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force, which brings the particles of an atom to vibration, which holds the atom together. We must assume behind this force is the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter." Planck observed the important role of consciousness, yet more than 100 years later most scientists are still stuck in materialism and for the most part are afraid to dabble in the "supernatural," or areas they don't understand.
Meanwhile the Church upheld its end of the bargain and concentrated on the idea that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies that were created by God. This coexistence flowed along smoothly for a few centuries until some Christian Creationists began dabbling their toes in the scientific waters.
In the 1960s and '70s some fundamentalists Christians decided science needed a jolt of biblical reality, so they began educating themselves in "so-called geology" and relating it to Scripture. They referred to themselves as Creation Scientists, but the early founders didn't seem terribly concerned as to whether or not their views actually fit into the technical definition of science. They felt the scientific method could only be used in present-day processes, and since they were looking back in time, it was useless.
The Intelligent Design movement may have started out with un-, or self-educated people, but it now includes legitimate scientists who are strong enough to push their ideology into schools. Most thinking Creationists believe in evolution, or microevolution as they prefer to call it, where species do evolve over time. They just don't believe we descended from apes, or that we are even their distant cousins.
Today some Intelligent Design scientists are trying to do creationism on a thoroughly rigorous scientific basis. They honor the scientific method and are willing to receive new data and go back to their Bible to reevaluate the original translation. Now the church is pushing the pendulum into nonphysical areas, where quantum physicists have been working for over 100 years.
Ironically, now Science believes so much in its own paradigm that it doesn't trust anything that hasn't undergone the scientific method, even if, like acupuncture, it has survived over 3000 years of study and practice. As the church was once responsible for disseminating Truth, today the scientific method equals truth, and science is quick to persecute anyone who tries doing anything outside the scientific materialist paradigm.
Both sides, Evolutionists and Creationists, view DNA as a code. However, evolutionists see it as something that developed by chance over an enormous amount of time. The Intelligent Design scientists look at all the codes that we are familiar with and logically conclude that codes seem to be made by a mind. They readily state that they do not know who or how, or what, but they want to explore it from that context.
Isn't it funny that it is the church that wants to follow the idea of the revered scientist, Planck, in contemplating the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind behind creation?
Incongruously, science now maintains the Biblical idea that we have dominion over the world and are above the rest of life which gives us control over it. This allows us to dig large mining pits into the earth, drain her oil and do whatever we want without considering any future consequences. It allows companies like Monsanto to create seeds with built in pesticides that kill insects - the very pollinators that life depends on. This is the pendulum of truth swinging into self-destruction. And this kind of behavior represents the moral bankruptcy of scientific materialism.
Paradoxically, some on the church side are now saying that they should be the strongest environmentalists because they have been given Dominion over the earth. Ah, how the pendulum swings.
So we've arrived at this polar world of two extremes. As cell biologist Bruce Lipton puts it: Evolutionists believe we all arrived here by chance and that an "infinite number of monkeys pecking away on an infinite number of typewriters would, in infinite time, produce the works of Shakespeare." On the other side you have Creationist fundamentalists who insist that God created the world in 6 days just like the Bible said He did, and some have even calculated the time to be precisely 9 am on October 23, 4004 BC.
Basically, the far side of Scientific Materialism offers us these 4 ideas:
And the far side of the Church offers us these 4 ideas
So where is all this leading? The two extremes will probably continue battling it out as all extremes do, enjoying their own arguments, while avoiding any agreement that actually exists between them. And, while the argument goes on, more moderate scientists are following the words of Einstein, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." Consciousness is mysterious and it is attracting the attention of true scientists, such as Rupert Sheldrake and Bruce Lipton, among others.
Rupert Sheldrake is a British biologist who describes the morphogenetic field, where living beings pick up information like instinct, and where our "inner knowing" comes from. In his book and video Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, he describes an experiment he did which was videotaped for Austrian TV. The video cameras had time codes and were aimed simultaneously on the dog and its absent owner. At a random time, unbeknownst to either the dog or its owner, the owner received a call telling her to return home. At that very same instant, the dog ran to the door to await the arrival of its owner. Similar results were confirmed in over 100 videotaped experiments.
Sheldrake sees this morphic field as "memory inherent in nature," where communications that we call psychic or intuitive can be sent at the speed of thought. He is always the first to admit his concept is merely a speculative explanation, but the lack of scientific explanation has only spurred him on to further experimentation.
Over the past decade a revolutionary field in biology called Epigenetics has begun to grow. It has established that DNA blueprints passed down through the genes may not be set in concrete after birth. Environmental influences, including nutrition, stress and emotions, can modify those genes without changing the basic blueprint. AND, those changes can be passed on to future generations.
Cell biologist Bruce Lipton had an epiphany when he realized that the cell membrane was taking in not only chemical information, but also thought information. He concluded that he no longer had any excuse for messing up his life. Lipton also now believes that we are affected by everything out to the farthest reaches of the universe. This may lead to a new perspective on Astrology.
Before the mechanistic view of the world came into play, when science and the church were still working together, life was seen as more of a harmonious process. In fact, early scientists, like Newton, brought in their view of spirit or the supernatural while developing their profound theories. In the years before Darwin and certainly after his death, the picture of nature moved from nurturing mother who provided for all of our needs to a violent jungle that had to be controlled and subdued. When we observe and/or are shown the natural process of a predator/prey relationship, or the fighting over territory, food or mates, it is presented as a form of violence. However, rarely do animals die over territorial fighting, and the loss of life in a predator-prey relationship is part of the synergy of life that keeps the whole in balance.
When science couldn't figure out what all of our genes were for, they called them junk DNA. Intelligent Design scientists may believe that if it is there, it must have a purpose, so we should try to find out why. It may be possible that our consciousness "turns on" parts of our "junk DNA" when environmental signals ask for a new requirement.
With medicine the scientific materialist view of our bodies as machines has produced miraculous results. We can get cataracts removed, hips replaced, hearts transplanted amazing and wondrous feats that we don't want to give up. The opposite side of that is that big Pharma, which has a big stake in our continuing to take pills, excels at coming up with more pills for more symptoms. Doctors prescribe pills to solve a particular symptom then give us another pill to alleviate the problem caused by the first pill. We are now even polluting our drinking water systems with excreted pharmaceuticals. That is the pendulum of truth moving into self-destruction.
The difference between a drug and an herb is that we are made up of the same substances as the herb. An herb can heal different areas, but the body's innate intelligence will "know" where it is needed. Homeopathic remedies have also been around for over 100 years, and are basically energy medicine. The more it is diluted, the more powerful it becomes. When the right remedy meets the exact symptom healing occurs.
We are absolutely grateful that we have important antibiotics when they are truly needed. And we are grateful that we can replace parts of our body and enhance our lives, but how would we all benefit if doctors were open to us seeking out alternative methods to heal a gall bladder before they remove it too quickly.
How would our bodies benefit if consciousness-based medicine would be readily incorporated with western medicine? Everything in nature seeks homeostasis our bodies and the Earth are doing it all the time.
What if doctors understood how much our consciousness really affects our health, or they gave us placebos because they readily understood what powerful self-healers we are when we can believe in something, and how much effect the doctor's belief or disbelief in our healing has on us.
Underlying all of these phenomena is focused consciousness or belief at the deepest level unwavering, unshakable, steadfast, inner "knowing." These people believe without a shadow of a doubt that they can do what they do. How would our lives change if we all used focused consciousness at this level?
Let me close with a quote from Einstein,
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." It would behoove us to ponder on why he may have made that statement.
Physics continues to back up the long-held belief by the church that we are greater than our physical bodies.
As a bicycle needs a kickstand, so the eternal battle of the pendulum swing between Church and Science will never be balanced. How nice it would be if we were at a threshold of an era where Church and Science put away their pendulum and create a balanced pyramid of truth based on collaboration among Science, Consciousness and the Church. Is this pyramid new and startling? No, for as T.S. Eliot once wrote,
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
This pyramid is familiar to us, but in other terms.
It is nothing more than Body, Mind, and Spirit.
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