The objective of religious practice is to nurture the spirit (also called the
"heart" in scripture). The objective of academics is to nurture the
mind. Both are important. The unfortunate thing that happens to some as they
focus on academics is that they fail to nourish the spirit, and the connection
between mind and heart decays and withers.Why is the connection
between mind and heart important? Because the best the mind can ever say is, in
the words of Richard Feynman, "I'm not wrong yet." That is, the
mind's connection to the universe is exclusively through fallible senses.
The mind is an ungrounded instrument, to use an electrical analogy.The spirit, or heart, on the other hand, is connected to the Light of Christ
and to the influence of the Holy Ghost, and so the spirit provides a stable
ground (electrical analogy) or foundation for the mind. Only the spirit has a
connection with absolute truth. Brigham Young's advice to Karl G. Maeser
was spot on: "You must not attempt to teach even the alphabet or the
multiplication table without the Spirit of God. That is all."
@the greater truth"You can use the scientific method on religion as
well, in fact God asks you to test his word to see if it is not true."And then everyone who gets a different answer is called insincere.
A ScientistAnd on the other side of it, how many in secular society
mock, and make fun of people who believe? I've had seen it and had it
happen in the college classroom. Professors pretty much run down any religious
believer. And of course from fellow students too. Try starting our in a
course of science or philosophy with that hanging over your head.
@noncelebYou should also question the so call peer review research,
and the results of self professed use of the scientific method.You
may find science is often not as truthful or knowledgeable as they pretend.Looking at the language they use and in the details you will find many
claims they make very problematic.You can use the scientific
method on religion as well, in fact God asks you to test his word to see if it
is not true.There no real reason to lose faith, unless your faith is
not really true.
So, if I understand this article, it is saying you should "stay
connected" to religious groups (e.g., Institute) in order to keep your
faith.That figures. I am acquainted with many LDS people who no
longer believe but continue to participate because they have close friends and
family in the Church. They don't want to lose those interpersonal
connections.Think about what these two ideas imply: that you will be
"rejected" if you are discovered not believing what your (so-called)
friends and family believe.Why is the implicit (and often explicit)
threat of rejection used to pressure people into remaining in the Church? Why
should a person be rejected as a friend or in a relationship simply because they
do not believe in the unbelievable stories of a religion?As nonceleb
testified, not believing did not change values or morals. It seems unethical and
just plain wrong for people to reject those who cease believing the same. Yet
such rejection or threat of rejection is ubiquitous in Utah.
nonceleb,My father taught science and was former military. We grew
up with the scientific method and a certain amount of rigor in our thought
process. But dad always retained his (non-LDS) faith. I suppose that he has
been a guidepost in that respect.Though I am not a scientist, I find
in science a wonder and a beauty. But my appreciation of it does not require me
to void my faith. And there are many (starting with the father of physics) in
College was the first time in my life I was exposed to peer-reviewed research,
scientific methodology, questioning faith-based beliefs, not treating anything
as sacrosanct, and using verifiable, empirical evidence. I found that retaining
my belief in the supernatural and divine would involve modifying, altering, or
in many cases completely ignoring all of the aforementioned means to
intellectually-honest learning. At the same time, it did not make me an amoral
person, but in many ways made me more humanitarian. My loss of faith in the
divine did not mean a loss of values.
That having been said, don't be afraid to explore other options.