Should the Evidence We Have for Evolution Diminish the Importance of Religion in Society?

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The original of life has been, and will continue to be, a complex and broad topic that human beings attempt to examine and understand in deep for how and where lives come from. While the book of Genesis from Christian Old Testament sets the answer to be God, who created the world and all the species within six days, naturalist Charles Darwin established, in his published book The Origin of Species in 1859, which all species on Earth have indeed evolved continuously from common ancestors (Coyne, 2009). This aroused vigorous controversy between science and religion, which are based on tangible evidence and faith respectively. This essay will look at the nature, perspectives, and incompatibility between the evidence of evolution and religion, …show more content…
Nevertheless, after reviewing the nature and the background of both concepts, it is believed that their philosophies behind are different with science answering the “how” and religion answering the “why” questions (Lovgren, 2004). It is not necessary for either one to take over another.

To commence with, religion can be perceived as an important basis for human beings to seek explanations about the world around us. It facilitates continuous scientific researches on evolution. Back to the very beginning of time, scientists were skeptical about the belief of “God’s creation”. They searched for the truth based on the beliefs of different faiths. This indeed reveals the positive dependencies between both: religious beliefs explain the world in their own ways, those who advocate science would seek other interpretations towards the same topic (Na, 2012). The historian of science Gary Ferngren once put forward that religion often “nurtured and encouraged scientific endeavor while at other times the two have co-existed without either tension or attempts at harmonization,”(Ferngren, 2002). This suggests that religion also acts as a foundation for science to provide answers and facts towards the questions on evolution. Although the two realms seems to conflict with each other, scientific explanations do not completely disprove the other one, rather give better answers to problems and issues.

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