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Can science, religion and philosophy be harmonized?

Q: Will there ever be harmony between science, religion and philosophy?

A:  From The Urantia Book:

Science should do for man materially what religion does for him spiritually: extend the horizon of life and enlarge his personality . True science can have no lasting quarrel with true religion. The "scientific method" is merely an intellectual yardstick wherewith to measure material adventures and physical achievements. But being material and wholly intellectual, it is utterly useless in the evaluation of spiritual realities and religious experiences. (195:7.2)

There are just three elements in universal reality: fact, idea, and relation. The religious consciousness identifies these realities as science, philosophy, and truth. Philosophy would be inclined to view these activities as reason, wisdom, and faith--physical reality, intellectual reality, and spiritual reality. We are in the habit of designating these realities as thing, meaning, and value. (196:3.2)

Science deals with facts; religion is concerned only with values. Through enlightened philosophy the mind endeavors to unite the meanings of both facts and values, thereby arriving at a concept of complete reality. Remember that science is the domain of knowledge, philosophy the realm of wisdom, and religion the sphere of the faith experience. (101:5.2)

Every impulse of every electron, thought, or spirit is an acting unit in the whole universe. (56:10.1)

So, will there ever be harmony within these three disciplines? In The Urantia Book we see it accomplished, but of course, The Urantia Book is based on the idea that all of creation is a spiritual, as well as a material endeavor; God is the great unifier in The Urantia Book. It is precisely this that can aid mankind immeasurably in times to come when trying to reconcile the seeming contradictions that arise. True religion can become the solvent for so many problems we now face. Once the world knows more about God, as presented in the revelation of The Urantia Book, these pillars of civilization will become far more harmonious than they are now. Here's a final thought that might help you have some optimism about these possibilities:

196:3.1 Personal, spiritual religious experience is an efficient solvent for most mortal difficulties; it is an effective sorter, evaluator, and adjuster of all human problems. Religion does not remove or destroy human troubles, but it does dissolve, absorb, illuminate, and transcend them. True religion unifies the personality for effective adjustment to all mortal requirements. Religious faith—the positive leading of the indwelling divine presence—unfailingly enables the God-knowing man to bridge that gulf existing between the intellectual logic which recognizes the Universal First Cause as It and those positive affirmations of the soul which aver this First Cause is He, the heavenly Father of Jesus' gospel, the personal God of human salvation.

Please see that whole section titled: The Supremacy of Religion. I think you'll find it illuminating. And thanks so much for your note; I hope this reply has been useful

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