Why are Religion and Science such bitter adversaries?
Science and Religion or Religion and Science, why can’t we all just get along? Recently in the great state of Kentucky, a not so great Grand Opening took place. Biblical Literalists opened the Creation Museum, and scientists from around the globe laughed for about four days. I don’t have too many intellectuals at my work place but if I did, I’m sure I would have heard at least one of the exponentially growing number of jokes related to the “Museum”. Biblical Literalists made statements such as, “we’re taking the dinosaur back”.
So why the great divide? I am no professional scientist, but I do believe in Science. When I sit in church I do not find it necessary to hide that fact; since I am in church I obviously believe in God as well. My mind does not spend hours a day badgering itself over this dichotomy, so why the antagonism between Scientists and Religious believers?
I recently had a discussion at work with a ‘true believer’ about the possibility that Christ’s bones had been found. I was upset that the news had not been released sooner. My co-worker was distraught that the news had been released at all. He felt that the idea of finding Christ’s ‘human’ remains would cause Christianity to fall apart. I felt this was absurd. Do Scientists hope to cause the church’s collapse?
I don’t think so. I believe that it was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Science without God, is pointless”. I agree completely. I feel that every scientific discovery is yet another piece of evidence of God’s existence. This God is supremely intelligent and has left a trail of bread crumbs for us to follow toward our own enlightenment. If I were to concoct a puzzle and leave it for my child to unlock, when they succeeded they would feel closer to me because we shared a common thought process. This is the way I feel when I learn a new method for solving equations or a new bit of information about how the cells of animals react to a certain stimulus. I feel that I am closer to God for having been able to read and understand the language which he left for me to decipher.
Whether you agree or not, anything taken to extremes is self defeating. All Biblical Literalists use modern technology in some form. All Scientists want to believe in a heaven, most cannot bear the idea that sooner or later their ‘genius’ will be lost to the void. Let’s work on some common ground, or at least a level of tolerance.
Biblical literalists, do not for a second think your belief in the ideas represented within the Creation Museum will become the accepted curriculum for public schools. My tax dollars are for education, the type that allows the children being educated to succeed in the real world. The justification for your ideas has to be better than ‘cuz I say so’.
Scientists, do not underestimate the sway that religion has over people. It won’t be so funny when the ideas represented in the Creation Museum are believed by a majority of the population. Keep up the flow of supportable data, most people are able to determine the truth from fact.
The Big Bang, a snap of God’s fingers?