Religion-Week 1

Topics: Religion, Faith, God Pages: 2 (764 words) Published: July 28, 2013
Explain whether you agree or disagree with the notion that religion and science can coexist. Name at least two (2) key points from the podcast that substantiate your position.

I do believe that religion and science can coexist. In the interview the commentator explains that one of professor Francisco Ayala's (Faith Matters. 2010, April 02) statements was that "science and religion need not be in contradiction if they are properly understood"..... "religion explains why and science explains how..... but they are one in the same" ( Lab activity: Chapter 1). They really complement each other and they don't have to be separate or contradictory to each other. When I think of religion I see it as a roadmap that leads to an expected end, and if I follow the directions I will make it to the right destination. The Bible that I have read explains how we should live our lives to obtain peace, prosperity, love and happiness. However, it does not say that there won't be hard times, grief or sadness, but it does say that there is a season for all of these things. In my experience all of these situations made me a better person and I don't know if I would have learned what I know now without experiencing them. It also tells me how to conduct financial business as well as how to love and respect others. It provides a structure for all mankind to follow that is guaranteed to lead to a purpose filled and meaning ful life. It also gives warning of what may happen if we do not maintain these principles and the damage that it could cause.

Maintaining my personal religion has given me a greater understanding of the world around me and also how to cope with the problems that I may encounter. On the other hand when I read about some of the discoveries that have been made to prove or disprove the stories of the bible. I can understand how science can support the ideas of religion. I saw a documentary on the history channel once that basicly explained the plagues in the story of...
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