This week I am throwing caution to the wind and allowing some rather controversial content on my blog. Just FYI and please remember to be polite and respectful if you feel the need to comment. I will be patrolling the comments rigorously.
I am not big on socio-political-theological controversy in general, but since I have a review scheduled that could be controversial, I decided to just go ahead and get it all out there this week. So in the theme of this week, I’m going to speak from my heart today about something that really pisses me off.
Science and Religion
Before they started waxing theological, I loved keeping up with Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. In fact, I still do keep up with them and I really try to just ignore their jibes at religion–well, not all religion, just one religion in particular.
The reason why it pisses me off that they have taken it upon themselves to lead people away from religion is because they try to make science replace religion thereby making science itself a religion. Don’t they understand the difference between the two?
Science defines the universe through human interaction with it. We observe this universe and all that is in it and try to explain how it works. We create laws that help us define this place and help us understand what we are looking at. We experiment, observe, fail, and redo in order to get to the ends of the universe and it’s beginnings. Theory and law go hand in hand to give us a working cosmological understanding.
Religion does not and was never meant to do what science does. Science defines this universe–religion gives it meaning. Religion gives us hope for a future when we look out into the cosmos and feel insignificant. Religion looks behind us and gives meaning to the lives that come before ours in the evolution of our planet. Religion is meant to give hope, encourage love, build trust, strengthen faith–these qualities of humanity that cannot be so helpfully defined by science as with religion.
The two, Science and Religion, have never been at odds within me. I love learning about this universe and all that is in it, and I do that best when I address both my scientific curiosity and my faith in God. Sometimes I look out into the past and future of our planet and I wonder at the beauty of it, how complex and organized it seems, and my faith is built up; sometimes I look out into the past and future of our planet and I see the chaos and violence and I wonder at how we came to be; but I never feel out of place in either state, because to me Science and Religion are two sides of a coin–the one undefined and useless without the other.