For centuries, the debate of whether religion can be hospitable in science has raged. One of the first examples was Galileo Galilei in the 15th century who had conflict with the Roman Catholic Church about the movements of the solar system, based around whether the sun was the centre of our solar system. Plenty of similar disputes have caused there to be a constant winning solution, either science or religion but not both; however can the two both be in unison?
The scientific view
Science over the generations has been down to one simple principle, that facts and evidence should determine the age all question of the real age of the universe and/or the earth and multiple hypothesis take a very factual viewpoint into determining the validity behind this statement. Bill Nye (the Science Guy) recently undertook a debate with Ken Ham creationist who believes the world was created in 6 days and basis his life off the literal truth of the book of Genesis. This debate has the same conclusion and most evangelical debates of this nature, that even if there are facts and evidence that directly disprove or even make you think how in the world can these be true, the religious debate still echoes on till this day. One of the main points from Bill Nye is that how can the world be 6000 years old when we can study the fossil layers in the Grand Canyon and determine their relative ages through Radioactive Dating? Bill Nye is not against religion for its spiritual aspect nor the morals that people get from certain religions, he is against the problem that multiple states in America don’t teach evolution in science and would rather teach the book of Genesis to our kids. This not only will bring up children being science illiterate but will not propel any technology forward if appropriate science is not taught.
Science in aspects that interfere or reject some parts of religion need to remain separate, but it is when the 2 inhibit one another that it is the real issue. It is when rational intellectuals do not see the correlation and the harm that so many people can see in Religion that is at the centre of this blog. I’m not saying that religion has no basis in life, it is fundamental to our society’s culture. However, it is shocking to see that nearly 64% of religious folk do not believe in evolution in America, 64%. These are shocking figures and as we delve ever so deeper into our universes questions, the truth about our existence will unfold. But for now, our children and our children’s children need to be brought up in a scientific literate society where innovation is at the forefront of their minds, as we will fall so far behind in technological development we may even head back to the ‘stone age’, excuse the evolutionary pun.
As this debate continues to serve a delicious slice of controversy to us, I can’t wait to see where this outdated, idiotic and childish topic will take us in the future!
In the words of the great Richard Dawkins, “natural-selection will not remove ignorance from future generations” so it is our job to stick to the facts and live in harmony with religion until the day comes where we find the answers to the origins of our universe.
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