Theology and Science

January 31st, 2011 | No Comments

I do not agree with your opinion of theology. But I do admit that sometimes religion is edited to make it more appealing. However, scientific facts neither prove the existence of God nor disprove the existence of God. Naturalism, which you seem to embrace, is but an interpretation of scientific data. Its conclusion has not been proven by science and the theory is edited as much as religion and sometimes for the same reasons you accuse religion of editing itself.

I also disagree with you when you say religion has no facts and is unreasonable. Most of us on this forum are Vedantists (like Schrödinger), and we have our facts, our experience that corresponds with our theory. Our theory is that consciousness is an ontological reality independent of matter and that this can be experienced. The experiment that follows is the systematic segregation of consciousness from matter, the result of which is that we find consciousness thrives the more it is separated from matter. This experiment is called yoga. When done properly it produces consistent results. Indeed, Sam Harris himself has admitted that the most fulfilled person may very well be a yogi who has lived in cave alone experiencing his inner self for the last 30 years. However, admittedly metaphysical claims as to exactly what that inner experience is cannot be falsified. But neither can they be easily dismissed.

And you make too much of objective falsifiable reality and too little of first person subjective experience. You can’t prove that you exist, but you conduct yourself as if you do on the basis of first person subjective experience. Your actual life is based upon subjective unverifiable experience, yet your insist that to believe in anything you require third person objective “proof.” You believe that you exist but you can’t prove it. By your own definition you are unreasonable.

comment by Swami B. V. Tripurari on the article “A Reaction to Sam Harris’ Scientific Morality.”

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