Sunday, November 14, 2010
Science and Religion
Earlier this week I came across this picture on one of the various science blogs I frequent in my never ending quest to stay informed on new discoveries. It made me stop and think for a moment. The message is clear. It's creator intended to slam religion and replace it with science.
It is one of those 'Either / Or' arguments. You either believe in science OR you believe in religion. The two choices are offered as if there isn't a third or forth or fifth. You either side with science or you side with religion.
I disagree with the argument. I am a firm believer that science and religion are like rival siblings of one parent. Both want to be heard at the expense of the other. Both can act like spoiled brats at the worst of times and congenial at the best. Both believe they are right and look for flaws and fallacies in the other. Let's face it, they've had a turbulent past.
Let's not forget Galileo, silenced by the Catholic Church - forbidden to speak or write about his telescopic observations that led to the conclusion that the Earth revolved around the Sun and not vice versa. I could go on and on but won't in the interest of sparing your attention span. I think you understand.
May I be so bold as to offer my humble opinion on the subject? I belief that science and God are on the same team. Notice that I said God and not religion. Religions are the lenses and filters people use to see and understand God. But God himself is far greater than any religion.
I see God in both religion and science and that has given me the faith I have today. I'm not threatened by science. I love science because it gives me a glimpse and an elementary understanding of God's creations. If there is a conflict (for example - evolution) then the answer isn't in endless debates. The answer is in research and experimentation.
In conclusion, the picture above should be modified. Yes, prayer without the works of science will not give us the cure for the terrible diseases that afflict us, but if I was waiting on a cure, I would feel much better knowing the researchers used prayer for inspiration and direction in addition to the hours spent in the laboratory.
The following video is an example of the inspiration science can give. Please watch it in its entirety. Perhaps you will join me in cheering for truth, where ever it is found.