Science? Religion? Both?

A lot of these points stem from an argument I had with a friend who contested the notion of Evolutionary theorists as being “anti-God.” What follows are my thoughts on the whole business.

It seems that whenever a hardline atheist or a hardline religious person try to make their cases against the other, they come off as hypocrites. Despite his viewpoints, Richard Dawkins cannot state by absolute fact that there is no god. While his arguments tend to stem from the notion of an Abrahamic god (one could argue that our flawed worldly perception of the God of the Bible would not be cohesive with a God that did show itself), he ignores his role as a scientist, and that is “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There is a lot, an unimaginable amount, unexplained about our universe, and it is the height of hubris to assume we have found the answers to the Big Question, and that that answer is, “there isn’t one.”

Faith, on the other hand, is to a degree incompatible with science, so it strikes me as odd that there are attempts to validate elements of the Judeo-Christian faiths with pseudo-scientific movements. What essentially are attempts at discrediting scientific theory really only do harm to faith. Science is the process of always questioning, always testing, and always maintaining curiosity about what makes the world function. Faith, by its very definition, is unquestioning, so attempting to explain the happenings of the Bible, for instance, with a scientific approach only dilutes Faith.

Speaking as an agnostic, my beliefs stem from a constant attempt to reconcile the spiritual unknown and the established laws of the world that have been explained through scientific discovery. I know that there is a lot of evidence that many would say negates the validity of religious texts, but perhaps all this scientific discovery is a way of truly enriching our spiritual understanding. Think about it! With all that we know to be complex and interactive about the biosphere of earth, about the unimaginable depths of the universe that only Math can get to the bottom of, wouldn’t that do more credit to an ultimate Creator than what men have written in their limited knowledge thousands of years ago?

It may very well be that science does disprove the existence of what we have thought to be a Supreme Being, but it is these attempts in the meantime to undermine an objective search for truth (whether from Theists or Atheists) that do nothing but harm to the overall Spirituality of Human Nature.

To put it in brief, to answer whether or not we will ever come to the truth of the whole matter, I will say firmly, “I don’t know.” But, if we do, we probably won’t like it.

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2 Responses to Science? Religion? Both?

  1. Jake Barnett says:

    Good points. Could you elaborate on what you call “The Spirituality of Human Nature”?

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