Alexander The Great

February 26, 2008

Science And Or Versus Religion?

Filed under: Science — alexanderthegreatest @ 11:03 pm
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Science is an art, in a strange way. There are musicians who never take any risks, and put out album after album of mediocre crap. (This describes rock music from the late 1970s on) And there are musicians who take risks, occasionally get it wrong, but get it oh so right when things work. Bob Saggat of America’s Funniest Home Videos is the former, while Montey Python is the latter.

Forget the flat earth – people used to think the stars were candles held up by twine. There has been spectacular cases of getting it wrong. Lamarck. Phrenology.

These wild guesses (at least that’s how they seem – stabs in the dark) don’t mean science is flawed. Over time, we get closer and closer to the truth, honing our knowledge like old people on the porch whittling a stick.

I agree with Common’s grandma, who says “We All Need Jesus” but I also take anti biotics, use a computer, and watch TV. There’s an idea the two are mutually exclusive – in competition till the bitter end. But the two ask radically different questions. Science attempts to describes how, and relgion tells us why. Science tells us how to improve our life in the here and now, religion tells us how to prepare for the afterlife, and how to spend eternity as we’d all like to.

The Book of Genisis says

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning–the third day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.

Other translations have it that God told the Earth to bring forth living creatures. This is a poetic way to describe the process of evolution. God set the process in motion (the first mover) and then took his rest – the first programmer, and still the best.

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2 Comments »

  1. I certainly like the analogy at the end – God being the first and best programmer is quite a nice thought 😀

    While I don’t personally believe in evolution, I can accept Christians who believe that God guided evolution etc. – interestingly, I’ve recently been talking to a Christian girl who lives fairly nearby who believes in evolution but doesn’t believe so much in God-guided evolution. That idea completely puzzles me – not only would it be inconsistent with the rest of the Bible where God is directly involved with humans, but would also make me wonder how I could have a “personal” relationship with a being that didn’t even really create me.

    God-guided evolution (God creating humans via evolution) and Creationism seem compatible and consistent with the rest of the Bible. However, thinking about evolution from a Christian perspective and believing that God simply crunched a few numbers at the very start and then let everything happen by chance doesn’t seem to be consistent with the rest of the Bible. I sometimes wonder how she can have a personal relationship with a God that she believes created her by absolute chance – certainly not something I’d believe!

    Anyway – I have to agree that science and religion are both compatible for the reasons you explained. Good article 🙂

    Comment by Dan — February 27, 2008 @ 10:16 am | Reply

  2. Does God necessarily have to have created us directly, with his own hands, though? I think of it like my grand parents. I had very close, loving relationships to each of them. I still miss ’em. They didn’t build me themselves, but without grandpa, my dad never would have been born, and I wouldn’t be here. We’re all here because it’s God’s will.

    Athiests don’t seem to be impressed, though. I’m glad you liked the part about Creation as the work of the ultimate programmer, though. I was proud of coming up with that. 😉

    Comment by alexanderthegreatest — February 28, 2008 @ 8:54 pm | Reply


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