• Science is similar to mystical theology

    This scholar points out that science is similar to mystical theology

    " For the physicist Bohr language is a barrier to understanding reality Dante like Lao Tzu, Pseudo-Dionysius St Augustine (354-430), St Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) Zen and many forms of Eastern mysticism knew the simultaneous inapplicability and inevitability of human language when talking of reality or God and his attributes and domains. "

    "Bohr quoted in A, Wick, The Infamous Boundary, Birkhauser Berlin, 1995, p.33.
    "The very words physicists use to describe reality constrains their knowledge of it and scientists in every field will one day encounter this barrier to human understanding"

    "Lao Tzu believed that language was perfectly applicable to God,"
    Quote John C H Wu Tao Teh Ching
    Tao can be talked about but not the Eternal Tao
    Names can be named but not the Eternal Name
    As the origin of Heaven -and-Earth it is nameless

    C, Luibhed & P, Rorem ( ed and trans) Mystical Theology 1045D-1048A in Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works, New York, Paulist Press, 1987, p.106.

    "As we climb higher we say [The supreme Cause] is not soul or mind nor does it possess imagination conviction speech or understanding. Nor is it speech per se understanding per se. It cannot be spoken of and it cannot be grasped by understanding."

    "Dante could have learned from St Augustine (354-430) as from St Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) about the simultaneous inapplicability and inevitability of such "human terms" and specifically of physical language and imagery when talking of God his attributes and domains. "C, Ricks, Dante in English, Penguin, 2005, p.Li

    "Beatrice " . .It is only from what is taken in by your senses that you can form notions suitable to your intellect," ( Paradiso, 4.41-5)"

    "Beatrice"s caution about extending human concepts beyond the horizon of sense-experience in which we learn them applies not only to such terms as "long" "white" and "beard" but- mo"

  • Is the tooth fairy and science similar?

    Science starts with a valid hypothesis and then tests that hypothesis in a manner designed to prove it right or wrong. Mystical theology talks about the untestable and unknowable and the development of beliefs through faith. And your asking if they are similar. Ummmm, no. If you believe they are, then please:
    1) Tell us the hypothesis you intend to prove about mystical theology
    2) explain the experiment you plan to use to prove that hypothesis
    3) describe the controls you intend to use to insure the validity of the results of your experiment
    4) outline the data you plan to collect
    5) detail your methodology for interpreting the data (it is key that this be done prior to collecting the data, so the result does not drive the question); and
    6) outline the follow-up experiments you or others should undertake to further test your hypothesis.

  • Not even a little.

    Science is the study of the natural world using evidence-based methodology that must be objective, verifiable, falsifiable, natural, and testable. Theology fulfills ZERO of these criteria. Trying to compare a field based entirely on evidence and one that relies entirely on conjecture and invention is not just absurd, it's sophistry.
    And your "scholars" are, oddly enough, people who have no real knowledge of science. Convenient.

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