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impose absolute moral meanings on their experience.
That is your experience. Is it absolute?
Is it what is essential to spiritual experiences?
Do you know?
The difference between science and religion is that science accepts diversity and open-mindedness, of a sort, while religion denies them.
This may be true for religion as the organised political body of believers. Is it also true for faith itself?
Science is not open-minded towards the idea that there is a god and that there are all kinds of extra-ordinary or paranormal phenomena that it cannot explain.
Institutionalised religion offers structure to believers. At the institution (Church governing level), people have power, and there is/has been abuse. You only see the abuse and choose to miss the essence of why believers believe and what they have found. Have you ever asked?
By not denying reality, science has a more hopeful chance of reaching an accomodation with it. Human nature can be studied - and in fact it's only by studying it and accepting the realities of human morality, both good and bad, that a rational civilisation might one day by possible.
Science does not deny reality? But it ignores so much of reality unless you deal the non-answers about our origins and our hereafter as absolute truths.
This can really only be open-mindedness "of a sort".
[I must go out now, will be back tonight.]
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