In the book, “Life Is a Miracle” by Wendell Berry there is a lotdevoted to the theories and polocies of man in things such asmaterialism, Imperialism, Reductionism and so forth. The portion ofthe book that stood out the most to me and which I will focus mainlyon is the chapter entitled, “Reduction and Religion.” Reductionismaccording to dictionary.com is defined as, the theory that everycomplex phenomenon, especially in biology or psychology, can beexplained by analyzing the simplest, most basic physical mechanismsthat are in operation during the phenomenon. In conjunction withreligion we are then forced to concider our very basic and corebeliefs. These beliefs are challenged and we must choose to deal withit in several ways. We can manipulate what we belive to fit what ourown science has proven, we can ignore science and deem it witchcraftsand the devil’s sorcery, or we can investigate further, with faith inwhat we know to be true, faith that God works through the laws of theuniverse and know that there is an answere but perhaps we have yet toextend our field of knowledge to that point. The idea is that we mustcome to a point where we find balance in all aspects.When considering the science of nature and our religious or culturalbeliefs fiinding balance is essential for the progression of both. Asstated in the book, “Without care, we are stuck with what we’ve got:sciences that spread their effects upon the world as if the world wereno more than an experimental laboratory and arts and “humanities” asunmindful of their influence as if the world did not exist.” Whilewhen speaking of either science or humanity, the other is seeminglynever mentioned they are indeed intertwined and feed directly off ofeachother. Socialy needs stimulate studies and work in the scientificindustry while scintific breakthroughs have a profound moral impact onsociety. With evolution in medicine and chemistry come contriversaltopics such as abortion, contraception, cloning and stem cellresearch. Along with that also comes very needed advances in thesustanance of societies inflicted with disease or plagues, such as thetsetse fly. ;-) Without these advances society would suffer severly.Often we encounter situations in which we have received the light andknowledge pertaining to a certain topic or situation and trying toshare that and convey it becomes a daunting task. The author explainsthe emotion in a very interesting way by stating, “These outcriescertainly express knowledge, and precisely too. They communicateknowledge. But the knowledge they convey cannot be proved,demonstrated, or explained; it cannot be taught or learned. Theseutterances are not “self-explanatory.” They are as far as possibleunlike what we now call “information.” One either does or does notknow what they mean. The idea of explaining them to someone who doesnot know is merely laughable.” We see in the book of Job in the biblehis attempt to convey his spiritual sentiment yet from an exteriorview it could possibly come across as quite odd and perhaps evendisturbed. He states, “ I know that my redeemer liveth, and that heshall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though…worms destroythis body, yet in my flesh shall I see God…” (19:25-26). With theinnability to express ideas and feelings intolerance prevailes andseperation occurs.In conclusion I would like to reaffirm the necessity for a balancebetween science and religion. Berry points out that “Science canfunction as religion only by making two unscientific claims: that itwill eventually know everything, and that it will eventually solve allhuman problems.” On the same token we know that the workings of theLord are governed by the same laws that govern the universe. Thoughthe general population would have these two topics be placed onseparate shelves they indeed can placed together and used to supporteachother. It would be a shame for one to lose their testimony overscience and likewise lose science over a falsly based testimony.
i read this whole book