Science and spirituality

Concerns about life, death, the hereafter, elements and phenomena of nature have preceded science. Research of streamlining of these things aroused their birth. There was not a clear separation between science and philosophy until the 14th and the 15th centuries. Galileo was the precursor of scientific formalising and of an attempt to differentiate science and pure thought or spirit. Science and spirituality merged before him, given discoveries stemmed from inspiration or empiricism. Admittedly, there was atomistic school in ancient Greece. This trend of materialist thought questioned the existence of gods. As for Pythagorean school, it professed, among others, an universe ruled by the numbers.

With the advent of the monotheistic religions at the service of power, individuals were deprived of a kind of spontaneous spirituality. The Middle Age was a dark era where the Catholic dictatorship prevented the expression of thought. The scientists were forced to comply with biblical postulates and thus to remain silent about their discoveries so as to avoid the agonies of the inquisition.

A gap between science and spirituality increased in West which exists to this day that only the change in the state of mind of scientists will be able to bridge. Things were done differently in India or in China following a better understanding between religious and scientific areas.

In a huge world of astronomy, smaller of mechanics and even in those of hydraulic, optical or electricity, everything seems to have made progress as a clock. Physicists have gradually come to see the measurable world in the shape of a monumental machine. Thus, Newton argued that God created the Universe in this way and then This One abandoned it to the vagaries of randomness. This deistic point of view finally rejected the concept of Supreme Intelligence and especially the Word of God's Love.

Technological development of the West society really began when men of science came down from their ivory tower and worked with engineers. The invention of the telescope and the microscope allowed the widening of the field of view of their findings. Scientists did not only list events, but conducted experiments able to limit accidental influences. From the integration of the laws of physics, science finally shows its belief in stability, simplicity and unity of Nature. Through this approach, it is fully in line with spirituality which advocates the existence of a divine order than a dark anarchy.

However, these theories ignore God who breathed all things and then human being of the essence of life. Admittedly, there are many shortcomings in scientific claims. What about Love, beauty and other notions that reason will never be able to explain ? Science does not take account of knowledge calls pure. Deepening of these issues would allow to take a spiritual look at life and all its implications.

From different methods, scientists and spiritualists share a common goal : the discovery of the basic unit. While scientist focuses on mathematical analysis of experiments, the spiritualist focuses on the wisdom of the inspirations that humanity has received through the ages. Thanks to an exclusively experimental work, the scientist can indeed repeat the same experiment ad infinitum. Forced to a mainly interior work and because of the volatility of states of consciousness, the spiritualist cannot hope a result stable. Let us pray that scientists and spiritualists agree on common aspirations one day.

Rabelais said : « Science without conscience is nothing but the ruin of the soul ».

Scientists would be well advised to meditate this thought. Because they play the sorcerer's apprentice when they work on the natural order or they are not careful in the implications of their findings.