A Scientific Outlook on the Days of Creation Conclusion

I wanted to write these articles because of an experience that I had in a Sunday School class at my church. We were talking about creation and I was surprised by the amount of anti-scientific comments that people were throwing around. I was saddened to see that a lot of these people were discrediting some of the most fascinating and inspiring discoveries of science mostly because they were ignorant of what has actually been discovered. Now, I do not want to discredit the people in my class. They are good people who are trying to do their best, but I wanted (mainly for my own cathartic purposes) to show that science and religion are not meant to disprove each other. A faithful, believing religious person can also be a scientist and vice versa.

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I have attempted to demonstrate that many of the discoveries of science fit well into the framework of religious thoughts, and when they do not (such as with evolution) it is because of an incomplete understanding from both sides of the debate. It is advantageous for religious people to study current scientific thought and see how it applies to their beliefs. If we do this, we will find that the only real difference between the worlds of religion and science is the question of “Why is this all here?” Ultimately, this is a question that can only be solved by deep “soul-searching” as is beyond the realm of science. If we as religious people continue to attempt to ignore and discredit scientific achievements, we will be shooting ourselves in the foot, and we will never be able to gain a full understanding of the world that we live in.

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I personally am thankful for my religious beliefs. They have helped me through life and have given me more comfort and peace than anything else that I have experienced. My convictions have helped me understand that my life is not just a pointless series of events, it has purpose and direction. The morals and teachings have given me guideposts for my life and have given me the impetus to become a better person than I already am. I am also thankful for scientific knowledge. I am glad that at some point in my life I became interested in the universe and all that is in it. I can not help but be awed by the night sky or by looking at pictures from the Mars rover. There is so much to discover out there and I am glad that I have had the opportunity to be enlightened and inspired by the scientific accomplishments of our species. I do not see religious and science as separate. They are just two sides of the same coin (an impossibly exciting coin) and I hope that you have been able to see that as well.

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(Feel free to check out the other parts of this series. The writing may not be that good, but they have cool pictures! Part 5 Part 4Part 3Part 2Part 1

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2 responses to “A Scientific Outlook on the Days of Creation Conclusion

  1. Very interesting perspectives regarding you topics surrounding science and religion. Some feedback:
    1. Science and Religion are both pursuits of truth – and their truths will always reconcile at some point. But science is fundamentally about spiritual truths that can be observed with the five senses (although “dark matter” and “the theory of everything” my exceed the ability of our five senses). Religion uses another sense called spirituality and there things are knowable by the witness of the spirit. Trying to “prove” spiritual truths to someone with their spiritual eyes tightly closed is like trying to explain “yellow” to a blind person. “Let those with eyes see, and those with ears hear”.
    2. During Galileo’s time the church went through a crisis of faith as the solar system was described by science with the sun at the center rather than the earth at the center as a suggested in the book of Judges. Religion ultimately survived as it will ultimately survive the reconciliation with evolution.
    3. The creation story in the book of Genesis was written by an extremely primitive people as measured by their scientific knowledge. The fact that it so closely tracks with the discoveries of modern science is a testimony to its inspired foundation.
    4. Sin is knowing choosing to disobey God. None of Gods creations can sin except for man, because they don’t understand right from wrong. The fall as related in the Bible is about man obtaining an understanding of right from wrong and choosing to disobey God. Evolution would have us believe that there were human like creatures that existed on this planet that did not have the capacity to understand right from wrong. Thus they lived in what the Bible may have called a garden of Eden. Science doesn’t have a good understanding or explanation for how humanity developed this unique ability among others but even today, humanity is still unique in this ability. The story of Adam and Eve may be symbolic, or it may be literal albeit missing some detail. Either way, it works with evolution.

    Disclaimer: in my opinion.

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