Age of science Essay

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Age of science




The Priest vs. The Advocate of Scientism

I have been faced with many questions throughout life that I have been unable to answer.
I have also been offered several different options to use as ways to answer these
questions. Many people have turned to "Religion" to answer some of these questions, and
some have turned to "Science". Through much deliberation and research, I have come to
agree with the advocates of scientism. I have partaken in many great debates arguing my
beliefs, but none as interesting as the one I had with a Priest. This Priest asked me to
explain my position on the nature of science, the creation of the universe, and the
existence of God.

The Priest first asked me to explain my take on the nature of science. I told him that
science and religion attack life's questions differently. Science tries to answer what
happened, and how it happened. Religion, looking at the same question tries to answer why
it happened. For example, Religion looks into why the universe was created. An advocate
of scientism wants to know how the universe was created, and what created it.

Over time science has proved several things that religion strongly believed in to be
false. For example, some religions believed God created the universe in six days, and
rested on the seventh. Due to developments in science, this is no longer thought to be
true. In 1920, Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe was expanding, which was the
first evidence of the Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang theory was later supported by
Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Now the Big Bang theory is widely accepted by both
religion and science. The priest then looked at me and asked a question I cant answer,
"Why did the Big Bang take place." He said, "The hand of God played a part in causing the
Big Bang". I replied, "In science, we don't worry about why it happened, but rather how
and when." I then told him that Steven Hawking sees science as writing god out of the
picture, and eventually the Theory of Everything will disprove the existence of a god.
The priest quickly replied quoting Paul Davis saying, "that the beauty and order of the
laws of physics themselves suggests that there must be something behind those laws.

This conversation took a turn, when I stated, "I do believe there is a God, but my God is
a set of mathematical equations." I got this idea from such great minds as Stephen
Hawking and Leon Lederman. They both use the word "God" as an abstract principle of order
and harmony, and as a set of mathematical equations. The god equation is better known as
the "Theory of Everything". The Priest told me that even the well-known Steven Weinberg,
an advocate of scientism and the Theory of Everything, does not believe in this different
definition of the word God. Weinberg states "if language is to be of any use to us, then
we ought to try and preserve the meaning of words, and "God" historically has not meant to
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