Essay The Relationship between Science and Religion

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The Relationship between Science and Religion The relationship between science and religion will be analyzed in the following three aspects: conflict, compartmentalization and complementariness. Conflict An essential question on our own existence is bound to evoke our curiosity: where did we come from? Charles Darwin, in his theory of evolution, believed that human being was evolved from apes. However, the Genesis in Bible considered that human was created by God. Undoubtedly, it is impossible for human to have two sources. Therefore, science and religion hold absolutely contrastive viewpoints. That’s the basic standpoint of Conflict. Science is full of rationality and impersonality, while religion is filled with …show more content…
Finally, he spent the rest of his life under house arrest. At that time, the church prohibited the publication of scientific letters, imprisoned scientists and even burnt the advocators cruelly. Compartmentalization This opinion believes that science is totally different from religion. They are incompatible, and impossibly in conflict. People clarified this point with Ludwig Wittgenstein’s language game: science and religion are two different language games, abiding by different game rules. It cannot be said that this rule is right and the other is wrong. The significance of the game rule lies not in whether it’s true or not but in its function. The function of scientific language is to tell the truth and to predict the future events; the function of religious language is to relieve one’s feelings. The merit of Compartmentalization is that it overcame logical positivism’s misbelief that metaphysics and religion are both about meaningless emotional catharsis. The demerit is that it considered religion only as one of the numerous language games, diverging from the Christian concepts of omniscience, omnipotence and free rein.. Complementariness Science and religion deal with things in different fields, meeting human beings’ different needs respectively. Science provides human with knowledge and rational power, aiming at making material progress; religion endows human with

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