Science and Religion: A Christian's Response to Biology Essay

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Science and Religion: A Christian's Response to Biology

Introduction

In the beginning, God created...the earth and the heavens, or an evolving mass of matter, later to become the heavens and the earth? The conflict between science and religion is a hot topic in many intellectual circles today. One of the more controversial topics is creation versus evolution. How did the world get to where it is right now? How was creation initiated? Is there a Creator or was life created spontaneously? These are some of the questions that boggle minds and set people searching for answers. There is even a conflict within the church: Did God create the heavens and the earth as they are, or did God allow the universe to develop according to natural
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This is a great idea if the motives are pure and unselfish. When the words of the Bible are used for personal reasons, they can produce harm. This is exactly what the theologians of this time did. Taking the words out of context and out of their original language, early theologians used 1 Timothy 6:20 to condemn science. The King James translation reads, "Keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings and oppositions of science falsely so called." In contrast, the New International Version reads, "Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge." This verse is a caution towards any talk that goes against Jesus' teachings, not a caution against science as we know it today.

The relationship between the scholars and the working class people in Europe did not help the situation. The scholars and the theologians of the pre-Enlightment era belonged to high society and were able to dictate the laws of the land as well as laws of God. The working class was poor, uneducated, and very dependent on the laws dictated by the upper class. Basically, whatever the theologians and scholars said, the working class were bound to by law. Therefore, when the theologians said that science was the work of the devil, the God fearing people, without question, believed

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