Science and religion are very much
alike. Both are imaginative and creative aspects of the human mind. The
appearance of conflict is a result of ignorance.
We come to exist through a divine act. That divine guidance is a theme
throughout our life; at our death the brain goes, but that divine
guidance and love continues. Each of us is a unique, conscious being, a
divine creation. It is the religious view. It is the only view
consistent with all the evidence.
There has been a regrettable tendency of many scientists to claim that
science is so powerful and all pervasive that in the not too distant
future it will provide an explanation in principle for all phenomena in
the world of nature, including man, even of human consciousness in all
of its manifestations. [Karl] Popper has labeled this claim as
promissory materialism, which is extravagant and unfulfillable.
Yet on account of the high regard for science, it has great persuasive
power with the intelligent laity because it is advocated by the great
mass of scientists who have not critically evaluated the dangers of
this false and arrogant claim.
I regard this theory as being without foundation. The more we discover
scientifically about the brain, the more clearly do we distinguish
between the brain events and the mental phenomena, and the more
wonderful do the mental phenomena become. Promissory materialism is
simply a superstition held by dogmatic materialists. It has all the
features of a Messianic prophecy, with the promise of a future freed of
all problems—a kind of Nirvana for our unfortunate successors.
We have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing
in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains
existing in a material world.
The amazing success of the theory of evolution has protected it from
significant critical evaluation in recent times. However, it fails in a
most important respect. It cannot account for the existence of each one
of us as unique, self-conscious beings.”
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