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A group of scientists got together and decided that mankind had come a long way and no longer needed God. They picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they no longer needed Him. The scientist walked up to God and said, "God, we\'ve decided that we no longer need you. We are able to clone people and do other miraculous things, so why don\'t you just go on and get lost." God listened patiently to the man and after the scientist had finished talking, God replied, "Very well, if you think you no longer need Me how about this? Let\'s have a man making contest." The scientist replied, "OK, great!"
But God added, "Now, we\'re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam." The scientist confidently responded, "Sure, no problem." He bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt. God lovingly looked at him, grinned, and said, "No! You get your own dirt!" Just as the scientist was blind to the fact that there would have been no science without God, we realize that religion cannot be explained without the help of science. In other words, science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Without God science would never have started. There are too many holes in the story of evolution for it to be believable without adding in divine intervention at some point. It is a far stretch to say that Humans, the most complex things on the face of the earth, evolved from a simple singled-celled organisms. Without some place where God comes in and breaths life into the human, there is no way it is possible.
In the same way, science is the main area where humans have the freedom to think and explore the nature of everything from human origin to the composition of the atom. Religion must also realize that science gives us a lot. The people in the Scopes Monkey trial were unwilling to accept science as a way to explain the origin of the human species. I don’t think that the teacher’s goal was to turn his pupils away from religion. He just wanted to show him that there are other things to take into consideration. Just as religion is the only way to do and explain some things. Modern medicine is a perfect example of this. If religion had not allowed science to do its job, disease and sickness would ravage the world. Science has brought us to the point were we can almost reproduce body organs for transplant. Since religion finally permits science to do its job, your son or daughter might not have to wait years and endanger their lives waiting for an organ if something were to go wrong.
When you have science and religion paired together, almost anything can be explained, proven, researched, cured, justified, you name it. They are the two things that keep the human mind wanting a better explanation. The more we explore the two, the more answers we will have. In the Scopes Monkey Trials, the people of the small Virginia town were unwilling to except science as a legitimate way to even help explain something as “holy” as creation.
I am glad that we are no longer like that. We try our best to accept science and religion together, the way they were meant to be. Science and religion work together in all aspects of life and we just need to realize that. Take writing this paper for example. God gave me the brain to type the correct words on the screen. Science and technology allow me to type it into a computer where I can easily make changes and prints it off on a sheet of clean white paper. If I had to write it by hand it would not be legible or as grammatically correct. By combining my God given writing talents and the science and technology of the age, I can produce and grammatically correct legible essay. It’s amazing what science and religion can do together.
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Religion, Philosophy of religion, Education in Tennessee, Rhea County, Tennessee, Scopes Trial, William Jennings Bryan, Relationship between religion and science, God, Teleological argument
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