The below is something I wrote earlier. Apologies, It's long, but it fits.... Thank you for your fine program.
Two rules of thumb in physics:
The simpler and more elegant a theory, the more likely it is to be correct.
To know is not to know what—but to know how.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING::
Observation and common sense agree: Systems in conflict do not cohere. But while the forces in the universe seem to work together well enough, our models of them don’t. Something is wrong, and that is why finding the Theory of Everything has become the “Holy Grail” of physics. It’s done with math. One way math does it is to see what happens inside a universe of more than the four familiar dimensions of breadth, depth, height, and time (e.g., “movement”), and what they find is, by adding one or more dimensions to the right equation, they can enhance its simplicity, its resonance and, strangely enough, its chances of revealing reality.
Spiritual phenomena also unify when viewed from a higher plane. And since, like with physics, we have to start somewhere, why not begin with the assumption right action has intrinsic worth: that virtue is its own reward? And, again, we must define our terms if they are to reveal themselves. For example: Faith joins doubt because faith is not fact. It can’t be. By definition. Yet faith is concrete. We wouldn’t walk down the street without it, but it is the doubt in faith that gives us room to maneuver. Which is why, in a world where anything may be possible, it actually makes sense to cast our lot with the highest good we can conceive. If only to reveal us to ourselves. If for no other reason than to be happier. Don’t we do this already in every other field of endeavor? As a matter of course? Why should “religion” be different? The optimist thinks, "There’s got to be a way." The pessimist thinks, "Why try." (Who do you think stands the better chance of winning?)
Rising above the bickering gods of polytheism, monotheism, too, is a Theory of Everything. Just as physics addresses the how of everything, monotheism addresses the why. But monotheists who regard the idea of one God as nothing more than a number end up spawning as many gods as there ever were (and we are right back where we started). We need to go deeper and we can. For instance: By challenging religion, heresy helps faith understand more plainly what it is not, and see more clearly what it is. Heresy is not the enemy. (In fact, where would faith be without it?) And God: “Is there a God” is the wrong question. “Should there be a God” is what we need to know. And, interestingly enough, this is the question that puts theists and atheists on the same side, right where they ought to be.
If God is One, we don’t join the True Faith, we are born in it, and whatever God we talk to, hears.
-- Kirk Perrow III
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