This workshop is extremely necessary considering the effects the conflict between religion, science, and philosophy has on the individual. Before this workshop, I tended to compartmentalize my religious beliefs and my scientific beliefs. I did not think that it was necessary to allow them to synergize and that they played effectual, but distinct roles in their own particular areas.
This workshop allowed me to understand the end result of compartmentalization. It also allowed me to view science in a much better way. I had often considered science as concrete. To borrow a phrase from Sheldrake, that the big questions have been worked out, and all that remains is the fine details. That science more or less knows or will know, the answer to everything eventually. However, I now realize, that science is a much more fluid field, and to think of science in fixed terms is a disservice to science itself. I think I will be more open to fields of scientific inquiry that I had dismissed as pseudoscience.
In terms of religion, I had assumed that faith was a distinct part of life, and that faith was unquestionable. To question faith excluded you from being faithful automatically. I now realize that this is a very erroneous view, and with time, faith needs to be supported, and refreshed from other sources. I can understand why the demand for miracles was at an all-time high in ancient times.