Does Acceptance of a Religion Lead to Technological Progression?

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In today’s world, large Asian societies seem to be improving day by day. New scientific and technological advances help them grow into more sophisticated communities. Countries such as China, India, and Japan are of such sophistication that they seem to surpass Western countries in technological development. Some may believe that this is due to the open acceptance that the religious affiliations of these countries may have towards scientific developments. Even though it may be perceived that way, the development of whole countries has other factors that go into the development. Western civilizations, throughout history, often challenged theories and studies because of religious conflict. Thus, the Western world appears to be less …show more content…
Generally, Buddhism was also referred to as the “rational religion”. This may be another reason why Buddhism seemed the compliment science so well. Science was based on rational theories supported by evidence. In modern science, psychology has benefitted from studies working with this religion by studying the human mind and how it works. Acceptance of the study is opened new advances and horizons for others. However, the relationship between science and Buddhism may be overshadowed by the disputes Buddhism and Christianity had in the past. The western perception if Buddhism has related it to science more than it would Christianity. (Cho 2012) Science has been supported by many Buddhists but it does not mean it is significant reason in advancement. For Buddhist, most scientific discoveries do not interfere with their beliefs. This makes it easier to accept different concepts and ideas of the natural world that comes with supporting evidence. Hinduism, as a polytheistic religion, has its core beliefs pertaining to the origin and purpose of human life. Mathematics was one of the major arithmetic studied in India, along with cosmogony, astronomy and so on. The decimal system and the concept of zero were developed in India, as mathematical science was greatly appreciated. However, because of their religious beliefs, many of their studies in other aspects often were perceived more as theology or metaphysics than philosophy or physics. (Raman n.d., 553) . “In today’s

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