How Science And Religion Dynamically Work

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“Please God, take anything, take my life, but don’t take Yourself away from me, don’t tell me I haven’t known You at all.” What happens when science and religion clash in a fiery battle of interpretations? In Waking Life Sister John suffers an internal battle between fact and faith, and attempts to discern between a powerful religious experience and the mere side effects of an epileptic disorder. However, instead of separating the two, she mediates by allowing “science” to deny her of what she had been experiencing without giving up her faith in God. In this essay, I will take a stance that explains how science and religion dynamically work, but at the same time question why science has the power to deny religious experiences. What about science nulls these religious experiences that appear so real to the individuals that host them? In the beginning of her experience, Sr. John claims to have experienced God in all his glory. She feels a deep connection, and often has visions that, to her, are religious at their core. However, these visions come at the expense of intense migraines and epileptic episodes that are described as euphorically painful. She realizes that there is something wrong, but her want to be close to God overpowers her sense of self-care. She intuitively realizes that if she were to seek medical attention, these visions would be stripped away from her and with them her personal connection to God. After thinking about it for a while, and after her condition
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