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Religion and Science

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David Krug

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Religion and Science

Science Reason Resolution Many argue that science and religion are opposites. However, another theory reminds us that both may be present for the survival of mankind. In other words, both exist for a reason.
Science has helped us understand our surroundings in nature and how or why things work, especially those that work in patterns. It has catapulted us into a world of technology, vaccines, and ways for us to produce more food faster.

Religion exists to ground us and bring emotional security to our everyday lives. If we lived by the common quote "survival of the fittest" much of our population would not be alive. Then again, sometimes that phrase is used out of context in order to manipulate Darwin's theory of evolution/natural selection etc. Many religions incorporate strong morals in their teachings which have set standards for most of our society-- religious or not. In fact, in many cases, religion is what has decided what is ethical or unethical. Religion Religion vs. Science Both science and religion are trying to find truth about the world. The question is, how do they differ and are they conflicted? Where religion tries to find
answers through faith, science takes a
different approach. Science uses reason, logical thought to investigate questions about the universe. Science uses the scientific method to form hypotheses and test theories to then form a conclusion. Unlike religion, science looks for answers by studying everything around us. The supernatural are not true to most scientists although there are some who do believe in supernatural beings. In addition, science is something that is tangible. It is something that can be explained and many people feel more comfortable believing in it knowing that they fully understand it. The Issues Theory of Evolution, Geology, and The origin of the universe.

These are the biggest issues science and religion have.Science thinks that humans as well as every other living organism have evolved through a 4.5 billion year time period, which is how old scientists regard planet Earth to be. Some religious people do not believe in evolution but most do. But the ones who don't believe in evolution think God created the universe and all life and do not recognize humans being common ancestors with apes. Many religious people do accept The Big Bang theory but that depends what sect of religion you are. If you are a Creationist, you believe that the Book of Genesis is literally true. According to a Creationist, God created the heavens, Earth, all life created in six days and Planet Earth is less then 10,000 years old as well. A scientist would be quick to object this and say the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, the universe 13.75 billion years old, the universe was created by The Big Bang, and all life evolves. Morals Another heated issue between science and religion
are the origin of our morals. If you are religious
it is easy to say that your morals are derived from
God's word in the holy text. An example would be
The Ten Commandments in Christianity.
A scientist would say that our morals are
part of a genetic evolution and that
we have them ingrained already
within us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPR_vYepork There is a large difference between faith and religion.

They are often confused with each other, but you can have faith without being "religious".

Religion is an organized system of beliefs that relate humanity to spirituality.

Faith is a belief or trust in, and loyalty to a God.
2 Corinthians 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.
Romans 8:24 - For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?

Faith is more of an individual practice developed through a religious background, whereas religion is more of the structure and is the backbone of faith. Religion vs. Faith Religion Religion is based on faith in the supernatural. The three main religions; Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all believe in a supreme being or God. They have "faith" in this God and learn God's way by reading their holy text. Since religion is faith based, reason and rationality are often excluded. Unlike science, they come to conclusions about the universe with the trust in their God, as well as holy scripture. Ultimately, they use faith to justify their beliefs.

Religion has both benefits and drawbacks:
+Builds community
+Creates motivation, and provides strength and relaxation through prayer and other rituals
- It is not "scientifically proven.
-Rules do not always match personal feelings
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