Are Science and Religion in Conflict?
Shawn C. Kelly
Dr. Peter Barone
November 24, 2013
Are Science and Religion in Conflict?
This argument paper is about the notion that many have about science comparing to religion. Are Science and Religion in Conflict? No. Science and religion are not in conflict; they are two different perspectives on life that sometimes go hand in hand. Many people believe that this is not true; they believe that science is in conflict with religion, that only one is correct. This paper will examine the different aspects of science versus religion and help us to better understand the two different perspectives and how they relate to each other in life, science and religion. It will also examine the way some scientist try to refute the religion as well as gives testimony on how some of the religious stories actually happened.
While science offers an interpretation on the way the world was formed, so does religion. They are just different ideas that are believed by different people and who’s to say which one is correct? Do we have any documentation, records or anything for that time to show which one is correct? No. We rely on research, scientific arguments, written documentation by others and religious texts to learn what happened in the beginning of the world. This hypothesis or scientific guess of how the earth was formed has angered many religious leaders on this matter. A publication in the Young Scientist Journal stated that, “Perhaps science and religion just offer different perspectives on life – the objective against the subjective faith – but when the Big Bang theory and any one of the creation stories collide, is there, and will there ever be, an outright winner?” (Bruce, C 2012). How will we be able to have an outright winner? As I’ve stated earlier in this paragraph no one was around during that time so I believe there is no way to have an outright winner.
Science has the interpretation of the way the world was formed by the Big Bang theory; this explanation states that the universe was formed billions of years ago by expansion. This scientific explanation is from scientist studying the past and present areas of the universe, and the way the planets are formed today. Scientists researched the way new planets are formed and what happens when stars die out or explodes. They basically believed that the universe started out very small, dense and hot. It then inflated, expanded and cool, going from very small and dense to the universe today. Some scientist believes that the universe is still expanding.
With religion, more notably the Christian religion and many others, we believe that god created the world and the universe. The bible states that, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness” (The Holy Bible, 1997). This is the belief that all religious leaders as well as religious people believe.
Science and religious groups can argue and dismiss each others belief in the way the world was formed, but does either have the actual proof that it was formed their way? Both sides can bring up evidence of what they believe in, scientist can show studies and religious groups can show their religious texts, but in the end no one was around at that time to document and tell us exactly what happened.
There are followers of science as well and there are followers of religion. Many people believe in one or the other and believe that only one interpretation is correct. However there are some scientists that are religious and believe that religion explains the scientific findings. “Some famous scientists, such as John...
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