Religion or Science Essay

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Religion or Science

This paper will examine the scientific view verse religion. I feel support for the big
picture is shallow and untenable. I believe in science but I also have faith. Scientific
research has lead to dramatic and more humane treatments of persons suffering from mental
disease, depression, and physical injury. The reputation of scientists has reached an
all-time high. Majorities of Americans have said they trust the scientific community more
than almost anyone, including the Supreme Court, organized religion, Congress, and even
teachers. Many of these Americans believe that these scientific advances are leading them
to a better world. The questions: What is man? What am I to do? What am I to hope for? A
number of scientists and their fans seem to consider these questions to be the clearest
manifestations of the human spirit or our nescient childhood. The scientists said “Now
that we are scientists, we can put away childish things, including the concepts of God,
the human soul and the moral responsibility.” An advocate of this view will argue that
science is itself an evolutionary development of the brain. He claims the mind evolved to
provide just experimental accounts of the world. He believes that questions of religion
and philosophy about the meaning of the world and human existence, are not truly
meaningful ones. Scientists conclude, “religion and philosophy are but the primitive
responses to the unknown.” There are alternative theories that involve science and
religion. For example, according to the ‘new creation story,’ nature did its own creating
through unintelligent material processes, particularly the Darwinian mechanism of random
mutation and natural selection. He believes that God was only involved in the beginning,
in setting up the laws and thereafter nature runs by itself. Humans are viewed as the
universe becoming conscious of itself through evolution, while prayer consists of
miracles, and giving praise and thanksgiving to nature. Scientists begin to worship their
own concepts, proclaiming limitless philosophical systems rather than concentrating on
what the data is really showing. Scientists cannot prove that known natural forces can
produce complex biological organisms. No one has demonstrated that chemical evolution
cannot even begin to account for the information content of the simplest organisms. There
is no actual evidence of natural selection having substantial creative power. The only
examples available are those of variations in fundamentally stable populations. In
scientific perspective, molecular revolution has revealed an unforeseen domain of
complexity and interaction more consistent with technology than with the mechanical
viewpoint. Scientist have come to realize that cells thoroughly protect themselves against
the kinds of accidental genetic change that, according to conventional theory, are the
sources of evolutionary variability. The current knowledge of genetic change is
fundamentally at variance with hypothesis held by neo-Darwinists. Everyone is in search of
his or her truth. Understanding, the very rich and varied world, in which we live, the
need for these insights of both science and religion are necessary. Each is in search of
the truth however; they survey different aspects of experience. According to the renowned
scientist, J. Polkingborne, “scientific facts are never plain, unvarnished observations;
to be interesting they must already be interpreted.” That interpretation requires an
interweaving of fact and opinion. Religion on the other hand, is concerned with the search
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