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November 11, 2012

(faith vs. science)
People have different views on issues, concepts, ideas and so on, depending on how much each of them is able to understand the truth about them. The truth about an object means images customized on it. Hence, the confrontation between the people on these issues has its sense only to a certain point, after which it would be useful an attitude of mutual clarification, the networking, in order to make information available to each other, to be a common image closer to the real, the truth sought. The solution is reconciliation and consultation, not confrontation. Even so, a group of people engaged in network can synthesize only a certain image of a real entity, resulting only what the group is able to identify. Man is not able to cover everything, to know something perfectly: “There is no truth itself! There are only ways of seeing “(G. Flaubert, correspondence with L. Henique, 2-3 sept.1880). And Borges said that “Science is a finite sphere that grows in infinite space; each new expansion does include a new area of the unknown, but the unknown is inexhaustible” (Rehabilitation’s “Bouvard et Pecuchet”, Secolul 20, no.10- 11-12, 1971, Bucharest). Man cannot know the absolutely truth even over generations, but he can search for it.

Hence, in case of inability of knowledge by experiments or through science and philosophy, there’s only one chance to save us, knowledge by faith (theology). Among these there are not mutual exclusion relationships, but an inclusion relationship: science includes experiment and is covered by philosophy that is included by theology. If the problem to be solved is more complex and abstract, then the methods and knowledge used must be more comprehensive. What theology says is true forever, while what science and philosophy say is valid only for time being or for a finite time horizon. From the theological perspective, scientific knowledge at a time being is only a particular feature, even naïve. Even for scientists, this knowledge, seen from the next stage of time, in terms of the new stage of science, seems obsolete. Reality already created by God is only gradually known to man who advances with infinitely small steps through science, philosophy, etc. The conclusion reached by man at each stage of knowledge has a limited life time and is hilarious in compare with future which follows. The man never reaches complete and correct knowledge of reality and thus not gives verdicts that claim to be immutable. The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain (1 Cor 3. 20, Ps 94.11).


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