The "War" of Religion and Science Due to Their Similarities and Differences
English Term Paper
March 13, 2000
Thesis: In the book Phantoms, Dean Koontz relates the "war" between religion and science through the defeat of a supernatural being.
A. Similarities to science from the theological view
B. Differences to science from the theological view
1. Why they are different from the theological
2. How to overcome there differences from a
A. Similarities to religion from a scientific view
B. Differences to religion from a scientific view
1. Why they are different from a scientific view
2. How to overcome these differences from a
A. World view of the supernatural
B. How the book uses the supernatural to show the
"war" between religion and science.
For many years, there has been a so-called "war" between
religion and science. religion is a powerful worldview as is science. Many people around the world believe in the existence of both religion and science. Unfortunately, the conflict between the two is partially due to the fact that they are so similar yet so different. Both religion and science expect a person to rely on information that is sometimes unexplainable. In the book , Phantoms, Dean Koontz relates this "war" between religion and science through the defeat of a
There are many different religions that fill this world. Religion requires a person to believe that some events are unexplainable, and that a person should just believe because God, or some other figure wanted life to be this way (Hall 26). A person is expected to believe without a foundation of reason. This relates to science because theories are reasons that have not yet been proven. A scientist expects for a person to believe a theory because it is a reasonable explanation, even if it is not a proven explanation.
Scientists have been accused of saying that religion is only a belief, and that there is a scientific explanation for everything, but if this is true, how come all things in life cannot be explained (Hall 27)? Hall says, "Science cannot explain how a man can survive something when it is impossible to survive." But can religion explain this? According to a theologian, a person who studies religion, there is an explanation. Hall says, "God has a plan for everyone. It is almost like a outline of life. If you are expected to do something before you died, the nothing will stop you."
There are also many things in religion that are unexplained. How can a man rise from the dead? How can a man change water into wine? How can a man walk on the surface of water? These questions are just some of the many that a person is expected to believe without and explanation (Guiley 236). Science has tried to explain some of these phenomena. Scientists have said that a man could easily appear to walk on water during a very low, shallow tide. Other scientist have said that a man can appear to be dead, while really in a semi-coma, and then appear to rise. Theologians refuse to believe these theories, because they are strong believers of their religion. And scientists refuse to believe in religion because they are strong believers of science (Hall 27).
It is often claimed that science can say nothing about values and ethics because it can only tell us what is, not what ought to be (Hall 28). But, science tells us not only what is but also how we must behave if we are to understand what is. Religion also tells us how to behave, while also offering values and ethics. Science is able to overcome the currently evident public attitude of ignorance and hostility (Hall 25). A reader said "God is in control of the universe, and the sooner these so-called scientists...
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