Contributions from Spirituality: Simplicity— Complexity— Simplicity

Pauline M. Rudd

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543656
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Contributions from Spirituality: Simplicity— Complexity— Simplicity

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This article aims to demonstrate to non-specialists that science itself can provide a profound basis for meditation, using a series of short vignettes that address questions relevant to people's lives. Meditation often begins by focusing on something beautiful such as a flower or a shell. With a little information, it is possible to use a mathematical concept or a molecular interaction to lead people into deep reflection and even contemplation. The article also aims to show that the results of spiritual insight can be directly relevant to the practice of science. Insights from religious experience and praxis, such as enlightenment or the dark night of the soul, have their parallels in the scientific enterprise. Scientific insights do not threaten religious practice, but instead provide a means by which people can re-examine beliefs and mature in comprehension of the Almighty.

Keywords: science; meditation; Almighty; contemplation; spiritual insight; scientific insight

Article.  6698 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion and Science

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