Religionand science are often thought to be at odds or even direct opposites. To provethis, one would only have to examine the story of creation in Abrahamic faithsto prove that this is the case. On one hand, God is the creator, while on theother, the world is a product of evolution.
As a person enquires about therelationship between religion and science, problems begin to arise becausehumans are not approaching this disparity correctly. Instead of a conflict,religion and science are constantly in conversation, inextricably boundthroughout history. Delving deeper, it becomes apparent that the two are quitesimilar, both dependent on the human need to master nature and the relentlessquest for comfort in knowledge. As long as humans are willing to sacrifice someaspects of fundamental religious truths and complete gaps in their logicalunderstanding using spirituality, religion and science are undoubtedly able tocoexist.
Instead of loss of piety, modernity is associated with the shift of faithfrom one conviction to another. Accordingto the chapter, “Science and Its Pretenders,” scientific study is contingent onthe use of the scientific method, which is independent from any comprehensiveview of life.1 Forscientific exploration to occur, one essential idea must be accepted; the worldhas a defined structure and this structure is publicly available for discovery.According to this presumption, if something is not concrete or lacks adiscernible pattern, it cannot be assessed scientifically, thus relying on thepredictability of the universe. For this reason, there is a fundamental flaw inthis process; the activity of every atom in this universe does not exist inisolation, rather the interactions of many processes produce life. Just asnature cannot be explained without nurture, form without function, science simplycannot be explained without phenomena. Hence, there will almost always be roomfor religion to satisfy the human desire for truth.
Humans invent machinery to evaluate what isassumed to be true and inadvertently ignore events that cannot be explained. Consequently,humans almost unquestionably are ignoring important attributes of the universe.Chemist Niels Bohr said, “Everythingwe call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
“2 Not only does observationdisturb the factors being assessed, but the very act of examining it, producesresults. This is illustrated by the “double slit experiment.”3 By compelling an electronto assume a fixed, assumed position, humans produce the outcomes of themeasurement. If this is accurate, then the universe is an intellectualconstruction. Therefore, the mind no longer appears to be an intruder in thematerial world, on the contrary, it is the ruler and creator of the realm ofmatter. Presently, scientists state that machines perform tasks that ahuman brain cannot comprehend.
If one day man were to be able to genetically manipulate every aspect ofnature, it would be unlikely for humans to encounter anything in the worldaround that is not man-made, itself in a different disguise. Returning to theidea that humans are made in the image of God, if humans strive to engineer allthings in the image of man, theoretically, humans would then achieve a God-likestatus. Societyhas reached a point in time where humans are no longer required to accept whatnature has given us. Michael Spector claims in “A Life of It’s Own” that thisis concerning since the natural processes governing the universe have existedlong before humans appeared, and will certainly exist far beyond our existence.4These fundamental laws have proved successful, and although not perfect, are inpursuit of maximum efficiency. Modern man has decided that his existence is apriority and nature should be modified accordingly. Abrahamic faiths arefrequently characterized by two beliefs; the first that God has left nature underthe care of humans, and secondly, that humans are created in the divine image.
Severalauthors have written: for the first time ever, God has competition.5 KenWilber: science is “value free” using the example that an electron doesn’t tellus what should be1 Schick, Theodore, and Lewis Vaugn.”Science and Its Pretenders.” How to Think About Weird Things: CriticalThinking for a New Age. 5th Ed. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Pub.
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