Neil C. Griffen
From Science to Spirituality
Finding Spirituality in Science
In Neil C. Griffen's compelling book, From Science to Spirituality, readers are challenged to question preconceived beliefs regarding the disciplines of science and religious thought.
In his meticulously researched book, Griffen sets out to prove that science and religion are not at odds. In fact, there is significant data to support the benefits of using scientific insights when analyzing spiritual issues, and this includes the often volatile debate regarding the existence of one God. From the scientific method to the fundamentals of the laws of motion, from a study of the atom to psychic photons, genetics, and the argument against evolution, the author guides readers through a fascinating process of questioning that which is known and that which is believed. Is there interaction between the brain and the spirit? Is it possible to support science and religion?
Whether the subject is spiritual healing or Einstein, this book will set readers on a new path of exploration.
The scientific method is a fairly recent development in human history. In earlier times, truth or divine knowledge usually came directly from whichever god was popular. A spokesperson relayed what the god wanted. This spokesperson held supreme power. A particularly good example was the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. They were self-proclaimed gods who ruled with an iron hand. This model can also be found in many lands over much of our history.
Since then, the way we analyze how the world functions had changed dramatically. This was due to a new paradigm for investigation. It included a method for establishing what was known from that which was yet to be proven. This approach relied on the senses to gain information on what was happening. Then the mind was used to establish rules on how it worked and the principles underlying it. When first introduced, it was, of course, denounced as heresy; now the scientific process is almost universally accepted.
By the year 1000 A.D., a new means for determining truth was dominant in Europe. The Christian church was the authority on all things. The teachings were based on the infallibility of the sacred texts and the piety of the church leaders who interpreted them. The argument went something like this: Since God knows all things and religions represents the wisdom of God, the truest answer would come from a religious authority. Given the culture of the time, this was a very reasonable argument.