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For you personally, how does science fit into
your belief system? Does it have any influence on your beliefs, or are they two
completely separate entities?
I am a firm believer in both science and religion.
They both explain our origin in two different ways. Science explains our origin
of existence to be The Big Bang Theory… the physical world. Religion deals with
the other end of the spectra… the spiritual world. Many people try to separate
the two, like they could not possibly have anything to do with each other. I don’t
think it’s that simple to have a black or white answer to the question. I do
think that it is quite above our understanding, and that maybe we are trying to
be a part of something that is beyond our capabilities and capacities to even
consider thinking about in depth.
The human body, itself is a complex machine.
It is constantly adapting and changing to fit the needs of our environment. How
can something so incredibly complex develop from something so simple without
the help of a divine being. Even the furthest back that we can trace of a single
celled life form again lends back to the idea above of where did this come
from? How could it just appear from nothing?
also the argument that God could not have created the world in just a few days.
This excerpt enumerates this idea:
In examining the
scientific oppositions of religious creation theories, the most prominent idea
regarded by scientists to be ludicrous in religious concepts is that it is
impossibly against all laws of science for the universe to have been created in
the matter of days that are suggested by most religious creation theories. For
instance, in Christianity, it is believed that universal existence came to be
over a process of six days, a theory which is disregarded by scientists
globally to be physically impossible (George, 2007). However, if one was to
take into account the context in which days is used, the scientific
improbability is without substance as the days set out in religious contexts may
not refer to the value of time which we give to a 'day' in modern times.
everything comes from something and that everything happens for a reason. No
matter if that reason is the universe, fate, or whatever you want to call it, I
think there must be a divine creator.
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality;
it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an
immensity of light‐years and in the passage of ages, when
we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring
feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So
are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts
of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther
King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually
exclusive does a disservice to both.”
― Carl Sagan, The
Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark