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01 October 2006

Religion, Empirical or Not!?


The whole debate started in Bloggers-Eg chat room, when Iknaton2 was asking about some religious info in order to help in editing and article in the Arabic Wikipedia. I then said that it is hardo to get religious information from Wikipedia. Wikipedia by nature is open for everyone to add, delete, or edit in it. And religion like most of Human Sciences are not Empirical ones. You can not enter you lab and do an experiment there to prove that a certain belief is true. You sure can have evidences for what you belive in. And you can use your reason to find if a certain belief is true or not, but this is still your own point of view, and those evidences may not be valid to someone else, and the relsults your reason lead you to can lead someone else to totally different results. It's not maths nor physics. Pythagorean theorem for example has it own mathematical proofs and even before those proofs it was proved by experiment. Every singl person knows that "The sum of the areas of the two squares on the legs (a and b) equals the area of the square on the hypotenuse (c)". But on the other hand if religion were an empirical science, there would have been only one religion in the world that people belive in. And that's why in an environemnt like Wikipedia you'll see people writing some religious topics according to their beliefs, then comes other who edit it again according their beliefs which are totally different, and so on. It's not only religioun which is like this, but Politics for example suffer from the same thing.

Another bloggeress, Layal, had a typical Middle Eastern response to this, she just said that she doesn't agree with me, and then started to talk about something that has nothing to do with what I said. Even when I asked her to tell me what did she get from what I said she didn't answer. She said that people are supposed to reach their beliefs through thinking and then started to talk about the Misacles of Quraan, etc. Which is all good but has nothing to do with what I said. It's like someone saying that Oranges are orange, and then someone else says, I disagree, Apples tastes better than Oranges.

As Layal said, people shall reach truth through reason and thinking, but there is no garantee that the same reason can lead two different persons to the same conclusion when it comes to Humanities including Philosophy, Ethics and Religion.

The question now is, does this mean that there is no absolute truth when in comes to Religion for example. I myself believe that there is an absolute truth there. And that's what life then Judgment day - Yom Al Qiyama - is all about, it's our mission to find this truth. The point is that with a mathematical theory our own sleves are not a factor in it nor in its results. For me the result of Pythagorean theorem is independent on who am I, or what are my morals and ethics. But the results we come out with in the religious subjects are highly dependent on our own selves and this is what God/Allah want to test in us. At least this is how I see it.

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