Religion and Science
Science and religion are two of the most important aspects of many people’s lives, and they are just as controversial. They are believed to answer the same questions, so many people tend to pick one or the other to rely on, but can they co-exist? Both Einstein and I believe so. At a conference on science, philosophy, and religion in 1941, Einstein made the famous statement “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” Religion and science go hand in hand. Contrary to what many people think, religion and science don’t necessarily contradict each other. They can actually complement each other. To understand what Einstein meant when he said this, we must first understand his views on religion. When I was first given Einstein’s article “Religion and Science” in class, I felt like he was very anti-religious. Throughout the first few paragraphs of the article he talked about why people were led to religious thought and belief. According to him, it was fear and the desire for guidance, support, and love - emotions that were considered signs of “weakness” - that evoked religious notions. It was just this that drove people to look into a higher being as a means of hope. These feelings are what initiated religious beliefs that told people what they can and can’t do to please God. Einstein’s belief that these “weak” feelings initiated religion, made him seem so opposed to the idea of looking into an unknown being as a sense of security. Later on in his article, Einstein also told us that religion is not necessary for a person’s ethical behavior. You don’t need a God to tell you right from wrong. After reading all of this, I came to the conclusion that Einstein did not believe in religion. However, after further reading on Einstein I realized that I was very much wrong. Einstein did believe in a religion, but his religion was not the typical, traditional, organized religion like most people believe in....
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