On 15 Sep 2012, at 13:08, Roger Clough wrote:
Hi John Clark
Theology was once called the queen of the sciences,
but that was just a power rating.
Theology is not a science, it's closer to but different than
philosophy in that theology is, or should be, based on scripture.
God's teachings, not man's.
I guess that it is here that we might disagree the more.
Theology, like everything else, should rely only to the experience,
and then logic, theories, etc.
The experience can be helped by practice, meditation, prayer, plants,
walking in woods and mountains, surfing the ocean, looking at Hubble
picture, or doing jazz, and some Church can help a lot, when they
handle magically the sun light.
Humans are known to write a lot of things, so scripture, as inspiring
they can be, should never taken literally, nor ever too much seriously.
Most religion agree that God is not human conceivable, and that is why
we can be deluded in recognizing sign, so that it is better to trust
God for teaching Itself to the others, and not intervene too much on
that plane. Cautious.
If not you are, willingly or unwillingly, imposing your conception of
reality to the other.
Truth is a goddess which does not need any army to win.
Philosophy deals with belief and reason,
You mean science? OK.
Theology deals with faith and scripture.
Theology deals with our relation with the big thing. Faith is a
universal gift, but scriptures, when taken too much literally, or too
much repeated, can kill the original faith that we have all.
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