Jesse wrote:I think it's a natural progression in a way, science has enabled us more control over our lives than ever, so I think it's natural to turn to it's methodology in solving spiritual problems, though it might not be well equipped or capable of answering them.
Crucial point - it is not equipped at all
to answer them. To look to science to solve spiritual problems is a missapplication of science.
Not true, but you may be proceeding with your own understanding of what a 'spiritual problem' is, and that could be just about anything. If there is a definable problem, science could certainly aid in a solution to the problem, if not solve it.
The human desire for meaning (which appears to be what this topic is about) has been studied scientifically, for example, and can aid in understanding it.
Consider the prevalence of 'diseases of affluence' in the developed nations. In many societies which have benefitted most directly from advanced technologies and science, there are high rates of suicide, drug dependency, anxiety, depression and mental illness. If there was a correlate between scientific progress and spiritual well-being, you would not expect to see this.
This is nonsensical as stated, or doesn't mean anything.
Now it is true that economic and social progress provide the liberty to pursue spiritual truths - in fact I am a firm believer and advocate of progress for that very reason. But we have to be very clear about what science and technology can and cannot do. And they can't make us better people. That is something we have to do, through self-examination and self-discipline, by compassionate action for others, and so on.
Science can aid in making us better people, or rather, aid in self-examination, discipline, compassion, and so on. It demonstrates an irrational bias to say otherwise, in my opinion. Science may not be adequate to provide essential meaning, but getting essential meaning from religion does not a good person make, unfortunately. History is replete with examples to show the truth of that.