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My view about Religion and Science [复制链接]

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发表于 2007-12-31 00:38:20 |显示全部楼层
应Walden好友的要求,我来到这个论坛,根据我自己的经历和体会写点东西出来和大家分享。本人目前还在美国读博士,主攻生物学,我主要谈的话题也主要围绕科学以及作为一名科学工作者意味着什么。当然这个题目本身太大,我自己也只是个学生而已,自己还在体会和学习中,所以只是自己的一点体会,大家看了权当参考。第一篇是我还在新加坡读硕士的时候写给我一位当地好友的一封信,谈到了我对科学与宗教的看法,由于新加坡是说英语国家,所以全文是用英文写的。不过读了大学的人英文基础不会差,相信不难看懂。


My view about Religion andScience


Dear my friends,

Now I search my mind to record my viewabout religion and science after meditation in the past of my life.

Once upon a time, a little boy opened hiseyes, looking around into this world, and couldn’t help feeling afraid. Yes, itmay be the human nature to be afraid of something which is beyond their understanding. And unfortunately, there are always a lot of things of this kindto even the wisest person among the human beings. As the curious boy asked himselfthe questions like “Why is a person including me destined to die?”, “What willI see and feel after death?” etc, he found, disappointed, that none of them hasa clear or convincing answer, which made him frightened.

So many years have passed, as the boy becomes to know more and more about the world, the shadow of death stillhaunted intermittently in his mind though he generally leads a happy life allthe way till now. It is not that he just hided it deep in his mind untouchedbut that, now and then, he struggled in vain to overcome it and find out thetruth behind. Yes, truth, all about the truth. People, I believe, have theinclination to pursue truth and hate lies, but how? How may we know it isnothing but truth as demons, too, can appear like a real angel lying to you asif they are undeniable? So now it is not merely the shadow of death that I amconcerning but the whole truth though no one through all his or her life canget. Every time I come to this point I find it impossible to go on without resortingto religion.

I was born in a country with political circumstances not very fond of religion. But surprisingly I came to know Jesuswhen I was little, still in primary or secondary school, by chance. I was toldwhat he had done for others, his sacrifice, and his mercy. Later I read theBible driven by curiosity though I didn’t read it completely. So actually I cansafely say that I had already known something about Jesus and his theory beforeI came to Singapore. I admit that his theory appears interesting to me and I often hopeif the Almighty exist and be always ready to help the suffering human beings.However, it seems that all kinds of religions say that they are to help you, togive you the truth, to save you as I observed the other religions. The theoriesamong religions are often contradictory against one another without anypossibility of conciliation. Now comes the suspicion that which one on earth iscorrect or all of them just beautiful illusions created by human beings. It isa really tough task to find if one of them can be fully believed not because noneof them gives any truth but because, as I further think, I don’t believe peoplehave the chance to know all the truth or ultimate truth as religion promises tous. If there is God, he seems unwilling to let people, live or post-live, toknow the ultimate truth as if any one other than God achieved it, God mightlose most of his superiority to that person. (I got this opinion after I readthe Bible for throughout it is God’s word about helping, about curing, aboutteaching, about saving on the God’s side and about gratitude, aboutrestoration, about following, about penance on the human’s side without anyword about discussion or proposed future discussion between God and people.) AsI go even further, I asked myself “Is there so called ultimate truth?” WheneverI come to this point, science inevitably occupies my whole mind.

Like most of my counterparts, I received my education about science knowledge from schools. All kinds of teachers inschools teach us all kinds of science knowledge which aims to making us morelearned people. However, very little is taught about science itself as fewteachers in schools really know the essence of science themselves although Iabsolutely hope that I am wrong on this point. So, what is science? Accordingto my opinion, science is a way we think of this world, is the art of thinking,discovering, and creating. From it derived myriad knowledge, which impressespeople so greatly for its accuracy, colorfulness, usefulness, and powerfulness,etc. But the most fundamental character of science is not the knowledge derivedbut that science is an open system for mind which makes it different from allreligions. Religions, however different from each other, have one character incommon, say, Bible. Every religion has a bible or something like that withwords unchangeable and unchallengeable. No mind is allowed to go beyond oragainst it according to the religion. On this account, I call religions closesystems. On the other hand, science is open to all minds and thoughts. On thisstage, nothing is pre-accepted or pre-rejected. If anybody has any idea, justput out, then it will be under criticism of any one, and then be determinedright or wrong, to be accepted or rejected, etc. Most of the time there will bequarrelling and disagreement, and sometimes an idea concluded to be true lateris found to be false, even under some situations the updated science is foundto be impotent. Yes, they are true but that is why science is most attractiveto me for its capable of correcting and developing itself all the time. As theendless process goes on and on, truth arises to me though no ultimate truth tobe reached because open system is unlimited. So that is what I call science.

Religion and Science are two different ways of thinking about the world, behind the world, and beyond the world. Up tillnow, it is meaningless for me to tell which is right or which is wrong as theyhave different judgment standard. But at least one thing they share in common. Theycome into being for all the lives in the world.

Now, my friends, as I come to an end, manyhappy hours I spent with you appear in my mind again. I fill with great gratitudein my heart for sharing the happiness with you. To express my feeling, I writethis essay as a small gift of my heart.

God bless you! (If there is)

Finished on Feb.27th 2003

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