Science and religion are two windows that people look through, trying to understand thebig universe outside, trying to understand why we are here. The two windows givedifferent views, but they look out at the same universe. Both views are one-sided, neither is complete. Both leave out essential features of the real world. And both are worthy of respect.Trouble arises when either science or religion claims universal jurisdiction, when either religious or scientific dogma claims to be infallible. Religious creationists and scientificmaterialists are equally dogmatic and insensitive. By their arrogance they bring bothscience and religion into disrepute. The media exaggerate their numbers andimportance. The media rarely mention the fact that the great majority of religious peoplebelong to moderate denominations that treat science with respect, or the fact that thegreat majority of scientists treat religion with respect so long as religion does not claim jurisdiction over scientific questions.
.I am blessed to live in a rural community, so during my hour-long drive home, Iwas able to introspect and digest some of the ideas I heard last Wednesdayevening. I want to share with me the epiphany that came to me after thisencounter.It occurred to that the idea of looking
hrough two different windows is anego-centric perspective. It assumes that we are at the center of the Universe,and everything else is on the periphery of our sphere. What if it were just theopposite?