andre9999 wrote:And all things are made of up the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Who needs science when you have that kind of accuracy?
Generally speaking, science is emperically objective and ontological (i.e. a study of whether things exist, how they exist), whereas I'm not sure that (in the Dhamma at least) earth, air, fire, and water is intended to be either of those things. I think it's more likely they refer to the subjective experience or feeling of solidity, movement, heat and fluidity... than that they objectively describe the behaviour of particles.
I'm all for science and religion... we just need to understand the frameworks and underlying assumptions of each, lest we fuse them inappropriately.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)