Are Science and Religion in Conflict?
PHI 103 Informal Logic
May 28th, 2012
As far back as history goes, there have been numerous enlightenments for events that seem out of human control. Up to date civilized history, religious and scientific views have frequently conflicted with one another. Religious concepts are normally presented first and then adequate scientific evidence accrues to challenge religious beliefs. These discoveries of science are encountered with skepticism and most are thought of as a dissension. Science and religion exist in a kind of push and pull relationship: just as we know, the yen does not exist without the yang. Science attempts to substitute religious convictions with proven scientific theories and religion questions the scientific theories with the strength and positive effects of a belief.
From the time of the Middle Ages until the 18th century, religious ideology was the most received way of explaining the unexplained. Throughout the next couple hundred years, many colleagues of academia (a school of philosophy), using science to support them, came up with new methods of dealing with the unanswerable uncertainties. Humans have not only strived to explain the multitudinous mysteries of the universe, but also justify our existence in it. During this journey of self-understanding, many standpoints on human existence have unfolded and fused into a complicated, abstract manifestation called religion. Yet, as the human race has matured and progressed itself, countless ideas voiced by religion seem less and less believable. Developments in science and technology have produced a new breed of human thought that has troubled and agitated the foundations of religious ideology. Our new, scientifically perception of the universe has revealed an overabundance of answers to age-old questions, which are contrary to the explanations presented by religion. As robust scientific evidence has emerged which is antithetical to the prevailing...
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