ACIM – Changes the Religion VS Science Discussion

        For my first blog I will discuss how A Course in Miracles is related to the religion versus science debate; even though the Course is not a religion. Nevertheless, its teachings are religious in the sense that ACIM offers a spiritual path that will help us to return to our true reality; at home in heaven with God.

        The religion versus Science debate has gone on for centuries, and with no significant movement towards a solution  During the last several years Sam Harris, Daniel De nnit and Christopher Hitchens (to name just a few), have argued that religion is irrelevant or even dangerous.  Many theologians have countered.  I have a simply answer; one that I don’t think has not been offered before; let science be science, and allow religion do what it wants about humankind’s spiritual welfare. Keep each in its own niche.

Here though is a fresh way to consider the difference between religion and science.  Recently, Carlo Rovelli, theoretical Physicist, professor of Physics at the University of the Mediterranean in Marseille, author of  Anaximander and His Legacy, stated in an interview for the on-line forum EDGA that the differences between science and religion was that the beliefs of most religions demand a strict adherence to their theology (dogma) while science is always questioning its conclusions. The continuous clash is unavoidable because, “scientific thinking is…a constant reminder that we don’t know the answers.“  Religions are disturbed by this “continuous revision,” because they are bound by the “idea that there should be a truth that one can hold and not be questioned.”

A Course in Miracles, offers another way.  It teaches bluntly that God has nothing to do with the physical world.  However, on the level of spirit, I.E. what most of us call heaven, “God did create spirit in His Own Thought and of a quality like to His Own. There is nothing else.”[1] The physical world then is an illusion; made with our thoughts after a part of our mind separated from God.   So science can be the discipline which seeks to discover and explain how we are making the illusory physical world.   Further, the Course makes a stark distinction between Create and make. God Creates on the level of spirit.  We make things on the level of the physical world..

Shimon Malin in, Nature Loves to Hide: Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality, a Western Perspective, refers to these two levels as the phenomenal (physical), and noumenal (divine/spirit).  That’s easy to accept when we refer what we make such as a house, a road or a bridge.   It’s a problem when we try to grasp that we are also making our solar system and the observable universe.  Paul Davies in, Cosmic Jackpot, argues that we hit the jackpot by evolving in a planet which combines all of the elements essential for our physical life.  How about this idea?   We are making this phenomenal world by a constant evolution of successful “makings,” which insure that we can live with what we make so that our bodies can survive. And think this way: we’re cosmic crackpots for believing that this phenomenal world is all there is.

So let’s keep each one in it’ own place.  If you want a religion pick one that provides you with peace of mind.  Stop, however, the dysfunctional game of taking sides.  Let religion be religion. Let science be science. Allow science to ask the questions about our physical existence.  Allow religion to give us thoughts that lead us to God.

For a third way consider what, A Course in Miracles provides.   We are the effect of a seeming choice which caused our split mind when we thought we could be separate from God.  The Course offers us a way to correct that mistake and remember we are still (and always will be) with God in heaven as God’s one created Son.

My 25 year Course study helps me to cope with daily life here in this dualistic and insane world.  I will do my best in subsequent posts to help readers to also find help within the principles and teachings of A Course in Miracles

[1]  Tis quote is from ACIM, Text Chapter 3, Section V, paragraph  7, sentences 3-4. It is a reinterpretation of the Biblical passage, “God created man in his own image and likeness.”

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