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.
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.
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.