Religion Vs. Science

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The solution to most problems that society is facing day-to-day is not black and white. A gray area is always present which can be perplexing to grasp our thoughts around. Similarly, the question concerning the idea of religion conflicting with science is not a black or white answer but rather a gray area one. Religious faith and scientific understanding, as the two are used to explain both natural and supernatural phenomena on one’s own accord, are not in conflict with each other because it is a personal choice to allow it to contradict or conflict one’s own belief. Religion and science may both appear similar yet confounding simultaneously. Religion, for instance, provides an explanation to most supernatural phenomena. This is usually …show more content…
In religion, “where truths cannot be demonstrated, we accept them as a matter of faith” (Mead 173). When something could not be answered in science, it is left unsolved and not accepted until further attempt. With religion, however, when something can’t be explained, it is accepted by faith even if there is no explanation to prove it. Religion and science both provide something that the other doesn’t. For instance, religion provides us with hope. It gives meaning to our life. Humans are desperate to find out the meaning of life. Death is what frightens humans. With an ever increasing healthcare budget, people are looking for anyways to live longer. This is when religion comes into play. It gives hope for a chance to have an everlasting life. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 3:17). With faith, humans use religion as an opportunity to erase their fear of death and a chance to gain an eternal life. This is one thing science cannot provide because it refutes the idea of life beyond death. Religion can answer all spiritually based …show more content…
Therefore, the two can be used in compliment with each other to solve questions. Still, problems arise between religion and science. Since the beginning of scientific thought, Christians have viewed it as a potential threat to their way of life. Humans used to believe that God was holding the stars in place, but science disproved that and provided the explanation of gravity that we know as fact today. Religious leaders started to worry that as science progressed, its discoveries would discredit the Lord. Thus, a misunderstanding of science arose. In reality, science answers the “important” questions of life while religion deals with the “hard” question. Important questions such as “what does it take to sustain life?” are different from hard questions like “what is the purpose of life?” Science can provide information which can be used to help make a decision but frequently cannot tell you what to decide. Humans have spiritual needs that can be dealt by religion but not by science. In summary, religion isn 't good at dealing with scientific issues just as science isn 't good at dealing with religious issues. Conflicts between religion and science arise when people try to use religion to deal with issues best handled by science and when scientists try to use science to deal with issues best handled by religion. This conflict could be easily be avoided by personal choice if oneself refuses to

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