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Science is founded on testable evidence; whereas religions are founded on belief, which is lack of evidence.

 

If the Bible is true and its god the creator of everything, then humans should be able to use their “god given” abilities to discover the world around them that he made. When humans discover dinosaur bones, or any other ancient fossils, and perform radiometric dating to calculate its age, the results that they get should correspond with what is written in the Bible, but it doesn’t.  As it stands, practically every scientific discovery in some way contradicts the corresponding biblical explanation. Why is that? The main reason is that primitive minds struggled to understand the world around them, and for all the unknowns (of which there were many) they inserted god, or a reason that fit with their limited knowledge, which then became recorded as facts in their holy scrolls. Consequently we have a Bible that consists of:

 

  1. Records of historical events.
  2. Rules and laws given by its god.
  3. Assertions that “god did it”, instead of testable evidence about natural phenomenon.

 

Practically every scientific discovery in some way contradicts the biblical account of creation, which sends creationists scrambling furiously to explain and justify the corresponding biblical claims. Should not god be found in all human discoveries, if indeed he created the universe? Every single new discovery should point to the hand of god, instead of away from it. Scientists do not set out to disprove god, rather they are driven by a desire to know how things work and understand the world around them. If it were not for the scientific discoveries in fields like medicine, humans would still be suffering from a variety of diseases and infections that have claimed millions of lives over the centuries. Well being of the body is always the optimal condition for life to flourish, which is what scientists seek to improve. On the other hand, biblical doctrines have done very little to improve the physical lives of humans and in many cases they have done the opposite, making human existence a very unpleasant, and uncomfortable experience.

 

In order for the mind to be able to flourish with new ideas, the body must be in a state of well being. Unfortunately, many religions teach that the suppression of bodily comfort and desires is the ultimate goal to be attained. Religions like Christianity and Islam whose doctrines focus on eternality put little value on the fleshly human body, thus its health is not a priority and the afterlife takes center stage.  Christian history has an abysmal record when it comes to the health and well being of the body, its very foundation being built upon the suffering and torture of Jesus, to appease an angry god for the sins of men. A mind cannot properly flourish, when the body it is housed in is denied comfort and well being. One of the reasons many scientists are non-theists is because most religions and their doctrines, do not promote a beneficial environment in which creative minds can flourish, instead body and mind are in a constant state of conflict. There can never be a marriage between science and god, because harmony can only occur when the constraints of religion are absent. Anytime a god is indiscriminately posited as the reason for something’s existence, the doors become closed to human exploration; consequently enlightenment into understanding the world becomes narrowed, or nonexistent.

 

If god truly does exist, how could anyone possibly disprove him? Evidence based science would be the means by which god is revealed and his handiwork verified, instead of the contrary. Thus, trying to explain god away would be as futile as trying to explain away the sun. As it is, god hides in all the gaps in our knowledge, consequently his need is becoming scarcer as time goes by. Science shows that there is no purpose for god’s existence as far as explaining how most of the known world operates; the need that remains for most people is to give life meaning…which is not a logical reason for why the universe exists. Meaning can be attained by devoting ones life to promoting the well-being and flourishing of humanity, thus helping to assure a better life for ourselves and future generations. If purpose and meaning is dependent upon an afterlife then this life is robbed of its significance and seen as only a means to gain an end.

 

Are Science and Religion Compatible?

It seems the only criteria a person’s needs to posit a thought or idea about god, is drawn from their own intuitions and interpretations on how they view the world around them, which means that everyone’s perception is as valid and relevant as the next persons. There does not seem to be any standard of measure that makes one religion’s god more credible than another. It is quite different in the field of science which demands that evidence be provided in order for a theory to be postulated and then the theory must be rigorously tested…ideas are the starting point, but evidence must back them up.

 
If everything was made by a creator, why is there such a disparity between science and religion? Science makes progress, religion does not. Science allows us to determine an outcome through fact, religion does not. Science can be trusted, religion cannot. Science acquires truth through a predetermined method, whereas religion acquires truth through personal revelation. The reason science and religion are not compatible is because both seek to explain the workings of the universe from diametrically different positions. Religions draw their conclusions from personal revelation; whereas science draws its conclusions from evidence. So if one asks the question, “What can religion contribute to science?” I’m not sure it can contribute anything.

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