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Science and Religion: Why We Shouldn't Mix Them
They are Separate Entities
Science and religion have always had a mixed relationship. In the early days of Christianity, Christians would look down on and even sometimes murder science in order to maintain their infallibility. This is because religious men started sharing their ideas about how certain things worked in the world and that they were the end all be all of science. When other scientists claim to have another way of looking at something, this may prove that their “facts” are not necessarily provable or cogent to the people. Thus, if they just remove the people who disagree, they will always remain right.
In today’s world, the scientists are finding out more and more about not only our world, but the history of everything, and this puts pressure on religion. Unfortunately this pressure creates a backlash from people of religion to constantly disagree with anything science finds or to point out that “facts” in science often change and are replaced with better researched and better tested findings.
However, we should always keep in mind that these are two separate entities. They are not and were never meant to be compared and contrasted and pitted against. They can live together in harmony if we always look at what they are. Religion is based on faith and nothing science can do will change what a religion means to its people. Science is based on empirical research that can have inconclusive results and findings, but can also have solid facts and logical reasons. They both can maintain their place in our world and should not be pitted against one another.
Why We Shouldn't Compare One to the Other
When we compare these two things it is like we are saying one needs to be better or more correct than the other one. This just isn’t true. We can and should have both science and religion. They both have their place in our world and in our society. I am not saying everyone should be religious, I am just saying people who have found a religion that does what they need it to do for them, that is a fantastic thing. However, when you do find that religion, you shouldn’t automatically shut out that science is something bad. When we start comparing one to the other we create this false dichotomy that one has to win and one has to lose. Science is something that is good that needs to claim its importance in our society. It may and will change. All facts can never be learned and any guesses that scientists make will need to be refined and changed as more and more solid evidence is found. However, when you use this imperfection as a way to say religion is more important than science, you are missing the point of both. Religion is there to be something more for people who need it. Science is there to say this is how our universe works. It is not there to prove or disprove anything religion has to say about it.
If more people could take either one for what it is, as a separate entity from one another. I think the world would be more accepting of both religion and science. I believe this understanding is what will lead to peace among many people who have argued for centuries over whether religion or science is “The Answer.”
Why We Shouldn't Put Religion and Science in a Competition
It is possible for for science and religion to get along. However, it is only possible if we don't pit them against each other. Religion will always have a problem with the fact that science is changing and something that is a "fact" today may not be a "fact", or may be a different "fact", tomorrow. Science will always have a problem with religion being based on faith. Scientists work hard to prove any claim they make with evidence they find through empirical research. They put very little faith in any one thing and always question if anything is correct, which leads to new findings and new evidence.
This is where the problem lies. If we can't separate science and religion and see them as two separate things we will, as a society, never be able to say that science is good and religion is good, too. It will always be a battle of, "Science is flawed, Jesus can save you!" or, "Religion is flawed, Science is the true answer."
However, when we see them for what they really are, two separate entities, they can get along as well as the people who follow them. If you are religious, there is absolutely nothing wrong with believing what science has proven. In the same token if you are scientific, there is nothing wrong with believing whatever religion you want. However, when you start to disbelieve one or the other based on what you consider is "The Truth", you are closing out any room, in society and for yourself, to consider anything good that may come as a product of the other thing, be it science or religion.
Inspiration and Other Hubs
I wrote this hub as a response to another hub by hubber Au fait. The hub is:
If you liked this hub please see my other religion and lifestyle based hubs: