Religion Versus Science

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Religion versus Science

I choose a topic: “Religion versus Science” because I found it interesting and cognitive. I was raised Catholic, and some historical moments with Catholic religion are quite attractive for me. Science has often challenged religious dogma, since Copernicus first upset the Church-approved, heliocentric model of the cosmos. However, after the Enlightenment, when the empirical method of scientific enquiry was fully established, science has come to be seen as a competing, and viable method of explanation for all phenomena. Darwin initiated interest in the modern science of biology, in The Origin of Species, which advanced the theory of evolution, and this, was contra to the traditional religious explanation. This stated that all animals, human included, were evolved through natural selection from single-celled organisms to the multi-cellular ones that are extant today. This laid the foundations for the study of genetics, which was advanced by Watson and Crick who discovered the way DNA, the chemical code in each cell nuclei, could replicate itself. In June 2000, the first draft sequence of the human genome was published, representing a breakthrough for the Human Genome Project. The religious explanation forth origin of life is based on some form of creationist account. This, in the monotheistic religions, and most notably in the Judeo-Christian tradition, is doctrine, often in the form of a story, of how a superior, divine being created the world according to a master plan, and for a teleological end. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, we find such an account in Genesis which many modern, liberal Christians are content to take as allegory rather than as a straightforward factual account. This tells how God created the world in six days, and on the seventh rested. Mankind was created last, and given dominion over all the animals. Humankind is also made in the image and likeness of man, and is for this reason most like God. However,...
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