5 Conflicts Between Science and Religion | Owlcation
The relationship between faith and science in the United States seems, at least on the surface, to be paradoxical. Surveys repeatedly show that. My previous insights into the relationship between science and religion were from a variety of disciplines that have shaped the world as we know it today. So what is the real relationship between science and religion? Bitter rivals or teammates? Adversaries or advocates? The truth and the lie?.
Unless the Christian can find a reason to despise the man being saved, the cure would be attributed to God and the cancer to Satan. The unfortunate consequence is that millions may have died while Christians and other religious individuals decided who they should be hating.
In history lies the realization that religion is nothing but a collection of assumptions about the unknown that disappear with the advancement of human knowledge. The only evidence a religionist possesses for a miracle is a lack of evidence to the contrary. People who believe in miracles do not deserve to live in a world of medicine and computers.
Religious people often say they're happy to accept natural explanations when presented with them. However, in a world of religious folk, such an explanation would never be found.
Society would assume there's nothing more to learn because the only relevant knowledge is inside a holy book.
Intellectual development would come to a complete halt. Religious people sometimes respond by saying God provides or inspires answers when needed, and yet, throughout history, they've persecuted scientists who've supposedly received this inspiration. The Big Bang vs Genesis The Big Bang is the theory that the universe began with an extremely dense singularity before rapidly expanding over the course of 14 billion years into what we see today.
Edwin Hubble provided crucial evidence for the theory in when he discovered that most of the matter in the universe is moving away from us red-shifted. A number of poorly supported theories have been proposed about what caused or occurred before the Big Bang. While this uncertain position is most favorable to the search for an answer, it's the least desirable position to occupy.
This is because uncertainty produces unpleasant feelings of anxiety, and these tend to usher people into beliefs that assuage the anxiety. Religious beliefs appear to provide such comforting certainty. Many believers claim the universe is 6, years old, while others have been compelled by science to reinterpret scripture in less ridiculous ways. This criticism is surprising because religionists believe God made the universe pop into existence.
Nevertheless, religious people find it difficult to conceive of an opposition that doesn't believe in something to the same absolute degree they do. Religious believers like to think they possess evidence for God creating the universe. The value they attribute to this evidence is another source of conflict between science and religion. For example, some would say God created the universe because he is omnipotent and eternal.
However, these attributes are given to God in response to the prior belief that he created the universe.
The Science and Religion Relationship
They are not observed attributes that led to the belief. The believer deduces that God must be all powerful and eternal to have created the universe, and therefore God created the universe because being all powerful and eternal makes him capable of doing it.
This is clearly a circular argument. Furthermore, is omnipotence necessary for the creation of the universe? Perhaps a larger, denser, universe would have required more power.
The greatest moment in science? Edwin Hubble discovered the universe is expanding. Absolutism vs Skepticism On a fundamental level, science and religion come into conflict because science is incompatible with faith. A scientist trusts in the likelihood of constants and equations, but he doesn't have faith in them.
The Big Bang and evolution are still only theories, and their popularity is a function of how well their predictions replicate the world we live in. In other words, certainty isn't real in science. Newton's theory was amended by Einstein's, and Einstein's theory will have to endure the same fate.
Conversely, uncertainty isn't real in religion. There is no debate in Islam about the holiness of the Koran or the prophecy of Mohammed. There is no question in Christianity about the purpose of Christ's resurrection. In this way, one can say the philosophies of science and religion are mutually exclusive. As alluded to earlier, religious believers too often see science as another religion with another set of absolute truths.
However, science holds no beliefs in such high regard and its neutrality is unaffected by religious claims. This dichotomous thinking may arise from the absoluteness of religious beliefs and a lack of familiarity with probability. If a person doesn't agree with a believer, the person is automatically assumed to have disagreed. There is no middle ground for a person who wants to withhold judgment until better evidence is available.
Though science is neutral in this way, some prominent atheists also seek to dispense with the middle ground in their arguments with believers. Richard Dawkins has claimed agnostics possess a belief about whether or not an answer will be found to the question of God's existence The God Delusion, Chap. Yet, why should agnostics have to make such an absolute statement? Presumably, Dawkins assumes this about agnostics to tarnish them with the same criticisms he levels at believers.
Dawkins on Agnosticism It's unclear why some atheists suffer from the same dichotomous thinking as religious believers. One theory would be that the ridicule atheists aim at believers is indicative of a certain degree of pride.
This pride likely comes from a belief that their position is intellectually superior, i. Thus, any middle ground, such as agnosticism, would serve to marginalize that position by making it look extreme. If their position looks extreme and unreasonable, their source of pride is damaged. To protect it, they generate asinine criticisms against agnostics and uncommitted atheists.
Significance vs Insignificance Cosmological data has spectacularly demonstrated our insignificance in the universe. We exist on a tiny blue planet, orbiting an ordinary star, in one of billions of galaxies that make up the universe.
Religion and Science (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Science is all about bringing what is hidden in the natural world the natural laws into the light of human knowledge and reason. In effect, it is a lamp that shines its light and reveals the Work of God. So what does Jesus say about such lamps, then?
Not to place them in places where their light won't shine. Science reveals His creation. He wants it exposed. The same holds true, of course, to that which shines its light and reveals the Word of God: It is the Church that provides important guidance as to the meaning of Scripture, objective truths unknowable by reason alone like the mystery of the Trinity, for exampleand moral certitude despite winds of change in cultural attitude and behavior.
Both science and the Church are equally aided by the gift of reason. Rational arguments are just as necessary in theological questions as in scientific ones. And it is reason that leads us to the conclusion that we need both science for our physical concerns and religion for our spiritual concerns in our life tool belts to deal with the problems that arise from being creatures consisting of mind, soul, and matter.
- 5 Conflicts Between Science and Religion
- Religion and Science
- Religion and Science in the United States
Putting this all together, then, we can see that science and religion are never really completely divorced from one another, but rather serve complementary roles.
Science, guided in the moral spirit of the Church, provides us with answers to "how?
How does gravity work? How does a baby progress from a zygote to a fetus? How can we better improve the quality of human life? As noted in one of the Spiderman movies, "With great power comes great responsibility.
Science is an incredibly powerful tool, but if that power is left to its own devices without a moral compass, it is an evil, fatal, and disastrous weapon that advances the most horrific violations to human dignity and worth see modern China, eugenics, Nazi Germany, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Tse-Tung for a few examples.
Religion, on the other hand, aided by scientific and historical evidence, is able to provide us with the answers to our existential "why? Why am I here?