What Role Does Science Play In Religion

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Science is something that has been around since the beginning of time and impacts our lives in many ways. Often, when we hear the word science, we create an image in our minds of people wearing large goggles, dressed in white lab coats, running complicated experiments and testing different chemicals, and while this may be a significant part of science, it does not define it in its entirety. So, what exactly is science and what role does it play in our lives? People’s views of science can differ based on what an individual perceives science to be. Every individual exists within the world in which they have constructed a reality that is separate from another person’s. The ideas we form behind science within the LDS religion contribute to our …show more content…
In the interviews, I asked the interviewees several questions about science and its relation to their religion. The first question I asked was “What is your definition of science?” Their responses, at the root, were all similar; stating that everything is essentially a derivative of science. Science is the study of how things work and come about, and it helps us to know and understand something’s purpose for existence through a series of observations and studies over time. Science affects our lives in many different ways, some of which we may not even realize at first glance. People use science to …show more content…
She explained that she uses what she knows about science to understand how God created things and how they work within the world, such as learning how the human body works or interpreting the big band theory. Within her perception of reality, she believes that God created our physical bodies and that while we’re on this Earth He wants us to keep our bodies healthy; by studying the human body we’re able to learn how to do those things. Her view of the big bang theory shows how religion can expound upon science. She explained that the big bang theory doesn’t oppose the belief that there is a God because when God created the Earth and commanded “Let there be light” the explosion of light brought forth by His command could be observed as the events that the big bang theory depicts. This type of understanding can lead into how Kuhn explained that science is like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together, that we have to a predetermined picture of whatever image we’re trying to create in order to understand how all the pieces fit together. McKesha’s belief is that religion and a belief in God gives us the picture we need to fit all the pieces of the scientific process together (Kuhn 2012, pg. 66). Within her cultural

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