A note on Science and Religion
Science and Religion are not competing – they are supplementing each other.
Science discovers the laws which govern the nature and human life – the laws created by the almighty power called God. Science does not label the laws in human moral terms and does not define how good or bad the laws are.
Religion defines how the laws of nature should be used in human life – how to use them morally to enable humans to distinguish between good and bad, to support good and suppress bad.
A note on refocusing religious teachings
Yes, that is important – teachings in Judaism and Christianity must be refocused to save Judeo-Christian America. That is necessary to refocus religious teachings from “Obeying God” as it was justifiably dogmatized for many centuries for the hard historic times to “Reasoning as God in His Image and Liking” as the challenges of contemporary life require. It is necessary to do to preserve God as the sole source of our morality and resist all efforts to make the human totalitarians as such source.
I am a Jew, but I am not a Rabbi – that is why I cannot provide anybody with a priestly guidance. But I am a scientist, and thus can search for the causes that have led to Judeo-Christian America’s decline and for the means for fixing it.
Let us begin with a quote from Benjamin Franklin, who was not a Jew or Christian (he was a Deist):
“I have lived . . . a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured . . . in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.'” It was Ben Franklin who suggested that the Constitutional Convention should seek God’s blessing in an opening prayer at every session!
Benjamin Franklin and Americans of that time knew, or just believed, that all aspects of their lives were directed or guided by the almighty power above them called God – all aspects, including politics outside and within the government.
At the time, the Church was chief teacher of the citizens of how to understand the God’s guidance in all aspects of human lives including the politics.
At the time, the citizens were building their future from scratch. Most of them did not have time for a more inclusive education, and the Church as chief educator was providing the people with dogma-like time-frozen life directions that were applied to politics as well.
At the time, people outside politics and in politics were of the same Judeo-Christian morality, although not of the same religious denominational dogmas and rituals, and therefore the government leaders were legislating based on Judeo-Christian national virtues.
The nation was politically unified – unified by equality of individual freedoms to reach everybody’s individual best, not by equality of wealth. In a brief period, slavery was abolished, and the Blacks got the opportunity to become a part of this unified nation.
The nation was busy building itself and forgot a history lesson: Power corrupts, and the Big Power corrupts bigly.
And the Church (and of course, the Synagogue) failed guiding the people to distinguish between the almighty power of God that strengthen us in God-given individual freedoms and the almighty power of human government that enslaves us.
The Church failed to guide us in preventing the establishment of Big Government that is bigly corrupted.
Why has the Church not guided the people on how to prevent the government from becoming a human god? – Because for the Church (and Synagogue) leaders most importantly was preserving Church membership and their own authority that have been in decline for some time.
Why has Church/Synagogue attendance been in decline? – Because the people had become much better educated and had more free time to make their own decisions on how to apply their God-guided genetic/upbringings morals to contemporary life.
That is a serious conflict between the dogma-based religious teachings of the past and reason/morality-based decisions that many these days incline to make.
And the almighty Big Government has eagerly filled the gap by brainwashing the population under the cover of freedom of speech.
What to do? – Refocus religious teachings – from dogma-based teachings to reason-based teachings rooted in the Ten Commandments and its Bible-guided interpretation.
The Church and Synagogue should teach people to think and make own God-guided decisions not just to obey! Precisely, as it is written – In the Image and Likeness of God!