Religion and Science, in today’s world
Let us take a look at Science. You know, the institution that brought the marvels of flight to Mankind; the club that peers into the depth of what we are constructed of; the system that offers up a model of Nature’s creation with the Big Bang Theory. It is just great stuff, isn’t it?
But why is it taught in schools? What happened to the whole notion of Separation of Church and State?
For those of you that are completely clueless of what I’m getting at, listen up. Science is a Religion!
Not only is Science a religion, science is THE religion of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Sure we still have Christianity, Mohammedism, Mormonism, Sikhism, and a plethora of other religions that I am too lazy to name, but Science has trumped them all. And you probably don’t even know it yet. But don’t worry, you will.
To make the association between Science and religion, one must first define what religion is. According to the good ol’ folk who edit Wikipedia:
Religion is an organized collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values
They also go on to state that:
Many religions have narratives, symbols,traditions and sacred histories that are intended to give meaning to life or to explain the origin of life or the Universe. From their ideas about the cosmos and human nature, they tend to derive morality, ethics,religious laws or a preferred lifestyle.
However, since Wikipedia can’t always be trusted, let us look at the official definition of religion from Merriam-Webster:
The service and worship of God or the supernatural (2): commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance
As well as:
A personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
Now, taking base ideas from both definitions, we can begin to understand the idea of religion is essentially a collection of beliefs that give meaning to life, explain its mysteries (where we come from, where we go when we die, why are we here, etc.), and are sometimes used as a basis for laws, ethics, and morals. Since the idea of a God, Gods, or any divine being varies from culture to culture, as well as differs across time, we cannot safely give any distinct reference to a deity in this definition. It would simply not be justifiable for some corners of the world and their own practices and beliefs.
We can also add to our definition of religion that they usually contain some sacred texts(the Bible, the Quran, etc), are guided by some form of standard bearer(priests, rabbi, etc.), and require Faith in what is being delivered to its adherents. After all, how are we supposed to know that some higher authority exists if we have never seen him/her/it? Better yet, if we HAVE seen this power, how do we know what we’ve seen is legitimate?
Let us look at what Wikipedia and Merriam-Webster say about Science though. As per Wikipedia, Science is:
A systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, “science” also refers to a body of knowledge itself, of the type that can be rationally explained and reliably applied.
So, according to this definition, Science gives us a body of knowledge that rationally explains and predicts our surroundings. Let’s look at the official Merriam Webster definition now, just to double check our information.
The state of knowing : knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding
It goes on to add:
Knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method
Now let us compare how both of these institutions are similar:
1) Both of these give Mankind an answer to our own origin, as well as a response to the origin and creation of the Universe/Multiverse and all of Nature that surrounds us.
- Judeo-Christian religions say: God created all that existed in six days, then rested on the seventh. We are created in his own image. After we depart from our Earthly confines, we will ascend into Heaven or be grasped by the clutches of Lucifer from Hell.
- The Modern Science religion says: The Universe and all that was in it was created in an event that occurred approximately 14 billion years ago now known as the Big Bang. Following the rapid outward expansion, things began to coalesce into Stars, Planetary bodies, and the like.
- Why Science is a Religion in this case: In this case, Science gives Mankind an alternate answer to the Deity-created Universe located in many cultures. However, we can never know which one is the correct interpretation of Creation. We were not present to see either sources of our origin; just as more ancient peoples had to take faith that God created them and everything else, modern Man is taking faith that the Universe began after the Big Bang. The material evidence behind the beginning located on Team Science is just that, material evidence. Can we always trust our senses? How do we know that our theory won’t change down the road? What about the Steady State theory? We will never know the real truth. But this materialistic religion of Science greatly contradicts with the spiritualistic religion of.. well… pretty much all religions. Not only that, but Science has not given us an answer to what happens when we die or before we are born to the same extent as all religions have.
2) Both of these cast out those labelled ‘Heretics’
- Judeo-Christian religions do: Well, they do cast out heretics, non-believers, and the like. Remember the Inquisition? Not only that, but these supposed ‘Heretics’ have gone on to cause great schisms in what began as the Catholic Church in Christianity; I would discuss all of these splits, but this graphic essentially sums up the majority of Christian ‘branches’ or varieties:
- The Modern Science religion does: First of all, to see the persecution of non-conformist scientists, just look at Kurt Gödel and the reaction from Princeton after he began publishing his ‘proof of the existence of God’. To be involved in the cult of modern science, one must completely shun the calling of other organized religions, or at least they must suppress their faith. We must also view it from a standpoint of different views within the science realm. In example, the current accepted theory of the Universe’s creation is the Big Bang; anyone that is opposed to this theory is pushed under the rug by pretty much any publishing agency and their views are laughed off. But all of this does change frequently, which brings me to our next point…
3) Both of these change with the times
- Judeo-Christian religions do: One of the major areas of recent change in many Christian churches is on the issue of homosexual marriage. As public opinion begins to inch upward towards allowing this degenerate ‘union’ to occur, many religious institutions such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church, and Episcopal Church have begun accepting homosexuality and disregarding the bible’s teachings that it is a sin. Why has this happened? Because as the men and women of the West began to lose their moral compass due to the perversions of a Liberal society, they pressure these congregations to not be “backwards” and instead act as if it were the future where homosexual marriage “will be seen as the second Civil Rights Movement.”
- The Modern Science religion does: I will use the same example with science: the issue of Homosexuality. Up until the early 1970s, homosexuality was classified as a mental disorder. Why was it removed? Did science prove in fact that it is not a disease? Nope. In the early 1970s, the removal of Homosexuality from the DSM began to pick up steam, not because of scientific findings, but due to protests by groups like the Gay Liberation Front. In fact, most people today accept the idea that being a homosexual is perfectly in tune with nature, which is poured into their malleable little heads by the Jewish controlled Mainstream Media. There has still been very little real evidence to refute the claim that Homosexuality is a disorder; just a bunch of pseudo-scientific ‘findings’ that perpetrate the current world order’s belief that it should be accepted, without any real factual support.
4) Both of these institutions have their own ‘Saints’
- Judeo-Christian religions have: People such as St. Luke, St. Nicholas, St. Patrick, St. Veronica, St. Stephen and St. Boniface.
- The Modern Science religion has: People such as Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Galileo Galilei, Marie Curie, James Clark Maxwell, and Isaac Newton.
5) Both of these require Faith in the teachings, laws, codes, ethics, and morals of the system
- Judeo-Christian religions: How do we know that an all-powerful God that created us in his image existed if we cannot see him or feel his presence? Faith. How do we know that when we die, we there is either a Heaven or Hell awaiting our soul? Faith. How do we know that our lives are not meaningless? Faith.
- The Modern Science religion: How do we know that Evolution is in fact correct, regardless of any evidence to support it or refute it? Faith. How do we know that we are made up of tiny particles called atoms and even tinier quarks, regardless of any evidence to support or refute it? Faith. How do we know that the Universe had an instant of creation and has not just always kind of been here, regardless of any evidence to support or refute it? Faith.
So as you can see, science is essentially some form of a very modernized religion when you take into the account of the definition of both entities, as well as the striking similarities between the two. However, I am not saying that we disregard science completely. I prefer something quite similar to this model of the Unification of Science, Spirituality, and Philosophy (notice I use the word spirituality and not religion. This is because spirituality is more of an individual relationship with a deity, as well as the ‘mysteries of the Universe’, while religion is more of a method for controlling that relationship.)
Unification of Science, Spirituality, and Philosophy
If we can completely cast off the burdening shackles of just one or two of these pillars of individual and societal formation to accept all three equally, we can create a better society and a better man that is more in tune with Mankind, Nature, and God.