Science sprang from the heart of the Christian west
not from Greek philosophy or eastern religion –
Judaism always maintained the world was orderly and rational
and patristic writers like Augustine
encouraged study of the natural world.
Since science started, many priests have made
significant scientific discoveries in biology/botany/cosmology.
This is because God is fundamentally relational in nature
and interacts with the Creation
as subject to subject
not subject to object.
Without God, humans remain a puzzle to themselves
particularly when life’s major events prompt self-questioning like
“Where did I come from?”/ “why am I here?”/ “where am I going?”
Only God can constitute a complete answer.
Bede Griffiths, a British priest and Benedictine monk
lived in ashrams he founded across South India
trying to bridge East and West
and integrate Hinduism and Christianity
thru prayer/dialogue/a shared life.
He was deeply influenced by Hindu ascetic practices
but never gave up on the centrality of Christ and the Church.
Any major or minor religion can be transformed
by the realization that ‘faith’
is about how we see not what we see –
the religious process not the content is where Spirit abides –
so the fruits of the Spirit – joy/peace/love/wisdom
can be found in every sect/denomination/religion
worth its salt.
The blind may feel that if they could see
they would be in paradise.
But we who have good eyes are so used to the process of seeing
we take it for granted
and do not realize we are already in paradise –
we need to learn how to truly see.