Tuesday, March 11, 2008

notes 3/12

Religious Experience defined in relation to spiritual experience;
Spiritual Experience, defined in relation to religious experience;
Clerical Jurisdiction;
Psychiatric Jurisdiction;
The Role of Language
Theology: The Science of God

Abraham Maslow wrote in1970 in Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences about the relationship between faith and science, painting a kind of 'Gaza Strip' picture of two camps fighting for sovereignty over a particular geographic space. While complete reconciliation may be a while off, it does seem clear, especially in light of the introduction of the 'Religious or Spiritual Problem' category which was added to the DSM in 1994, that the trend is moving in this direction of 'shared dominion.' That is, religious experience would not be the sole property of a particular religion but could just as easily be recognized and affirmed within the field of scientific study as it could be in a theological or spiritual context; likewise, the narrowly defined realm of science has, during this equinox, the opportunity to move away from the stringent empiricism and 'pure positivism' of Englightenment-era realm of science. In short, Maslow is challenging the idea of faith and science, of subjective and objective, as being 'mutually exclusive' of one another. The convergence of the two disciplines (or at least the overlap, as evidenced in the fields of metaphysics, bioethics, or quantum mechanics) suggests that these polarized fields of 'the religious' and 'the scientific' find some common ground for exploration in each other's respective field. [cont.]

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