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The Marriage of Sense and Soul - Integrating Science and Religion

I've pasted content from a recent blog published here at TransFORM entitled, "Transforming Kingdom Architecture" in hopes of initiating a discussion about prospects of better integrating Science and Religion.


Similarly too, but beginning with the premise that there's "arguably no more important and pressing topic than the relation of science and religion in the modern world", Ken Wilber's, "The Marriage of Sense and Soul" has artfully proposed a framework for the prodigious enterprise of "integrating Science and Religion".

"The reconciliation of science and religion is not merely a passing academic curiosity. These two enormous forces--truth and meaning--are at war in today's world. Modern science and premodern religion aggressively inhabit the same globe, each vying, in its own way, for world domination. And something, sooner or later, has to give." from The Marriage of Sense and Soul (3)

As Wilber's work attests however, the bigger picture involving how this knowledge is transmuted to spiritual or even evolutionary development in relation to the human soul accordingly, resides within contemplative or meditative practice itself. In this regard, Wilber fervently contends that "(a)ll knowledge is based upon practice--that is, at the core of every truth lies an injunction that essentially says 'if you want to know this, do that.' This is true for all branches of human knowledge, whether ecology, psychology, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, or mysticism--data can only be enacted and observed if you are willing to perform the experiment" (4).

For these same reasons then, it's especially compelling to me that contemporary practitioners like Gail Hochachka ("Enacting a Post-Secular Spirituality") and Phileena Heurertz ("Yoga as Christian Spiritual Formation?") are both such sterling partisans of a revolutionary, but yet emerging, yogic discipline. Consequently, but in this same respect, what could be simpler than to traverse our own paths from their respective example? Hmmm?


Works Cited

Wilber, Ken. The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion. New York: Random House. 1998. Print.


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