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.
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.