Religion & Science

Thus science is religion and religion is science. The central philosophy of Anekant demonstrates that truth has multiple facets and depends on the perspective of the seer. This is an inclusive and non-absolutist viewpoint which is very rare among all the religions of the world. It is enshrined at the very heart of the Jain tradition.

Science and scientific truths are highly respected, but questions are being asked about scientific method. For example, the use of animals in scientific research is totally disapproved as it goes against the grain of non-violence (ahimsa). The nature of the tradition is inquisitive and the search for truth, and more importantly, the observance of truth in everyday life (satya and integrity) are given the highest importance. Curiosity is respected and encouraged, but virtuous living is given more importance than pure intellect or intellectual development.

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