Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pedagogy, Astronomy and Religion



*I wrote this some time ago and decided to publish it today.  I am not suddenly altering my manner of writing - it is how I used to write some years ago.  I simply thought I'd take a stroll down memory lane.  Enjoy!

The most effective form of pedagogy is interdisciplinary studies.  It seems absurd that one studies only one subject, masters it and therefore believes that is the end.  It is this kind of academic and intellectual narrow mindedness that provides bigotry and mental stagnation.  Were we to teach children from infancy a plethora of different subjects under a common heading, and I would suggest presumably religion as it should prove the ultimate truth and thus encompass everything else, such young minds would undoubtedly prove better rounded and more apt to mental and academic exploration. 

However, our current trends in promoting religious thought often promote exceptional bigotry not only in the academic world but particularly for Christians, religious intolerance and unnecessarily harsh judgment on individual persons. 

Let us discuss for example the idea of what astronomers call the “Big Bang.”  Surely we have conclusive proof as we suppose that such a theory is true.  Very well.  Let us assume it is.  Instead of holding to this one idea as it stands however, perhaps the field of science ought to consider that we do not conclusively have instruments sufficient to view and measure all kinds of matter, and that what we see may very well be one explosion among many.  Indeed, it would stand to reason that a “Bang” such as the one often described, rather than attributed to some indefinite and ambiguous birth, may be seen as one explosion in a series of them orbiting around a central focal point which we at this time do not have the technology to see.  Indeed, as stars often explode, die and are born as they orbit the center of a galaxy, and planets suffer changes as they orbit a star, it seems logical to believe that the pattern extends itself to something greater than our present technology allows us to view. 

As to religious students, their direction would naturally follow the same course.  If God is in fact an all knowing God we cannot assume that He is held captive in the pages of one or two religious volumes and we must therefore assume that the Bible is not the full extent of God’s power and knowledge.  It may meet or even exceed our own but surely God is not so powerless that He cannot comprehend laws and substances that are not found in religious text.  Indeed, it would prove absurd to assume that God is intelligent enough only to write one book.  If He can create a world surely He has knowledge that transcends what we can presently comprehend. 

If both parties can understand and accept that the knowledge we have is fully insufficient, perhaps the bigotry can diminish and we can all actually find answers by laboring together rather than waste time in arguing something neither side can conclusively prove.

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