Faith? By: Gerald Brenner

What is Faith? Thats the question I ask. As a member of this society I would be out of line to not give the other side to speak on the matter. I don’t ask to be mean, make fun, and/or even come close to making it a joking matter. I ask, this vague, yet powerful questions that would get multiple different answers, and that’s great. I am all for it, if it makes you feel complete and whole, but I ask because even though both are being analyzed, I question whether they both can be classified in the same category. Let me explain….

I was raised Catholic my whole childhood, no choice in the matter, my parents made me go. Which was good and all, because I didn’t know any better. My parents were not college educated, it was a small town, and going to church is what you did. But as I have aged and now 27 years old, I have thought a lot about this question and how it relates to science, because I do not consider myself a religious person by any means, nor plan to be, but thats just my own belief in the matter. I am a Biology major and even though I do believe in evolution and the big bang, its important to have a grasp on what the other side believes or you can’t raise a argument when you are one sided. But getting back to the question at hand, I feel “Religion” and “Science” are not even in the same ballpark. Religion is a set of beliefs, keyword: beliefs, that there is a almighty power greater than us (no matter the form of almighty power) that is based on either a book that has been passed on for generations and generations. Again, not to sound cruel or demeaning in any way, they are a set of “beliefs”, nothing has ever been proven. Science on the other hand only comes in the form of facts, otherwise it isn’t published and/or studied immensely first. So there is where I have trouble putting both of them in the same category, because one is un-proven beliefs, and the other proven facts.

My best friend is very religious and we have this talk all the time. With all of the kings, rulers, emperors, etc. and especially, who’s to say the bible, the koran, and any other religious literature isn’t a very old game of “phone tag;” interpreted differently by generations. Who is to say that something didn’t get “tweaked” by some king to use this power of religion for personal gain. It’s just something I think about. For example, William Shakespeare’s work wasn’t all published by Bill himself, other play writers had found some of his work and published it themselves as co-authors; who’s to say the same thing didn’t happen.

Not trying to make anyone made, I do believe religion and faith are useful and beneficial, as long as they are used personally and not used to try to sway another’s beliefs and/or harm anyone because they do think differently. To me religion and faith is here in our lives, to give us some comfort and basically a guideline on how to live peacefully with one and other and how to be a better person for yourself, your family and others around you or in the world.

But to finish, again I ask “What is Faith” from the non-religious standpoint, because I question whether religion and science should even be debated on the same level. Again, this blog was to not offend anyone, but to maybe look at it from a different standpoint, rather than trying to compare two things that may not even been comparable with each other.

 

By: Gerald Brenner

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Is religion declining due to science?

There have always been people who didn’t believe in God but is that nunber growing  due to science? Many people believe that the decline maybe because of all that sciencr has discovered. For example in the past many people beileved that the reason they would get ill is because God was upset with them for not practicing faith. We’ve come to understand that this isn’t true instead people get sick because of weak immune stytems and things of thaf nature.

I think that with the more knowledge people gain about the world and the way it works they begin to question if there’s a God. Doctors for an example are known for having a “God complex”. We label them as such because they tend to believe that it wasnt God that saved a life it was their having knowledge of a certain procedure that saved the patients life.

I didn’t grow up religious but i was always taught to believe in a higher power something that is larger than myself. Personally I always felt like religion was too controlling and didnt allow for an individual to express their feelings for God in a way that is unique to them. I don’t believe that you have to go to church every Sunday to prove that you believe in God or to have a relationship with God.

Olivia Spencer

 

Science and Religion

Science and Religion has always been a touchy subject in school growing up. I remember teachers from Jr. High and High school feeling awkward or embarrassed to talk about science and religion due to possible conflicts/conversations that might be brought up. Growing up my parents gave me the option of going to church if I wanted to but I never felt the need. Both my mom and dad grew up in Catholic families yet I never felt pressured to follo w any faith.

Throughout my whole life I have been a very fact oriented person. Which I think definitely contributes to my lack of a belief in faith. In school I excelled at math and science, and the facts that I was given there was all I needed. Over time I realized that not everything is explainable through science, and that’s where we have conflicting views from Science and Religion trying to figure out which is right.

 

Ryan RaabSvR

Falsifiability: The Religion vs Atheism Hypothesis

 

I really feel like Neil deGrasse Tyson nails the debate between religion and science in this video. He initially states how this debate has brought on by vocal minorities on both sides. It’s this vocalness that the media then latches onto. No one wants to hear how the two exist in a mutual respect for one another.

Tyson then goes on to talk about how science and atheism don’t go hand in hand, which I’m glad he did. Personally, I’m an atheist but that doesn’t give me some greater understanding of science or acceptance than anyone else. The idea that religious people can’t accept science is completely false. Tyson then goes on to state that approximately 40% of scientist are religious in  some manner. And why wouldn’t they? Science is our way to understand the world we live in. Why would this then go against the teaching of certain religions? I know religion can used as a tool for control and thus something like science would greatly hinder the control effort of said religious entities. However, this is once again the small minority, at least in America. We can see the consequences of religious entities completely exiling science and its teachings. To go along with this, throughout history science, scholars, and religion went hand in hand. Even today, the Catholic church accepts scientific teachings.

The thought that science is somehow exclusive to atheists is idiotic and bigoted. This ideology truly is as bad as the minority of religious people who preach that science and religion can not interweave. Spirituality can only be heightened by an understanding of world from a fundamental level. This then can better explain our origins and current understanding of how we see our ourselves in the world. The flip side, religion can only bring more to science. In no way does religion alter one’s perception of facts, that is simply a personal choice.

Measles Outbreak: A Result of Science Illiteracy?

Recently, a study at Emory University showed that the large amount of children currently unvaccinated in the United States puts the country at risk for a measles outbreak. Because measles is considered to be one of the most infectious diseases in the world, this outbreak could be disastrous if not properly contained.

But wait — didn’t someone already discover a cure for measles?

This potential outbreak is an all-too-real example of the consequences of scientific illiteracy in the United States. As the anti-vaccination movement gains momentum, more and more parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. This can be written off as personal choice, until the sheer amount of unvaccinated children makes another outbreak possible. At this point, parents against vaccines are potentially causing harm to others by spreading the virus.

Those who have educated themselves on the subject may find it difficult to understand how it’s even possible to be opposed to vaccines. However, the circumstances which have fostered this anti-vaccination movement are understandable, considering the context. As previously stated, scientific illiteracy is a serious problem in the U.S., and its effects can be serious and far-reaching.

But what causes a lack of understanding of science? After all, it’s part of the core curriculum in public and private education across the country. Unfortunately, the study of science ends in the 12th grade for the majority of Americans. After this point, any knowledge of science obtained by 98% of U.S. adults is taken from media. This leaves room for a lot of bias and falsification in half-baked articles perceived as science by the general population.

As discussed in class, we live in a time where an extreme amount of importance is placed upon an individual’s right to their own opinions. Shouldn’t the same amount of respect be given to those who choose not to vaccinate? After all, not vaccinating is their choice, and this is a country where diversity is celebrated. This logic becomes somewhat flawed in a situation like this, where ignorance of scientific fact can actually increase mortality rates. If not vaccinating will cause human harm, should action be taken to prevent a measles outbreak? The solution to such an outbreak may be as simple as teaching our adult community how to understand scientific literature.

Jessica Daniels


 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepti-pradhan/more-than-a-body-of-knowl_b_8403778.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/measles-outbreak/measles-vaccine-gaps-put-u-s-risk-reports-show-n441911

The Catholic Church and Science

I was raised in a traditional Catholic house hold, as in: church every Sunday (and I mean EVERY Sunday), pray before dinner, and attending Catholic schools. I don’t consider myself Catholic or religious at all at this point of my life, but I don’t understand why the Catholic church is always in the crosshairs of criticism.

One thing they get criticized for tremendously is their denial of science. But that is not true. They are one of the largest educators on the planet. Thus far in life they have pretty much taught me everything I have ever learned. And so far I have not been brainwashed yet, nor have I ever felt the urge to stand outside Tangeman damning all of us ‘sinners’ to hell. No, I believe they gave me a quality education. I attended St. Xavier for high school and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that most of my teachers were not Catholic. They were there to teach us about science, history, and art; not so much religion. When it came to topics such as the creation of the earth and evolution, we were taught that the Big Bang happened and that evolution is a very real thing, and to think other wise is almost ridiculous. In fact the first person to theorize the Big Bang concept was a clergy man of the Catholic Church.

Recently the church elected a new Pope. Pope Francis is probably one of the most forward thinking leader they have ever had in the last millennia. Earlier this year Pope Francis stated this on the topic of climate change,

“If the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn ‘realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith.’

It is good for humanity and the world at large when we believers better recognize the ecological commitments which stem from our convictions.”

As the leader of the largest organization on the planet he is calling all of their members to do what they can to take care of the planet they all call home, which could lead to huge benefit for our environment. If all of the 1.254 billion people did what they could to minimize their impact on the environment, and really pushed for a change imagine what they could do. However having 100% participation rate is nearly impossible it is still likely that a good percentage of them will re-think their environmental effect.

I’m not saying that the Catholic church is perfect, i.e. the Crusades, heretics, Knights Templar etc. However I think the modern form of the church is becoming very open to science and will continue do so over the next century.

Ben Brookhart

http://www.businessinsider.com/pope-francis-is-ready-to-ally-with-science-2015-6

Earth’s Cycle

Global Warming, we hear a lot about this theory today in our lives. Humans are the blame for it while driving their big nasty trucks and cars and all the carbon pollution they put in the air from factories. Can all of this carbon really cause destruction on our planet? I somewhat believe that it is just part of earths cycle. Yes humans could slightly be speeding up the process but the outcome is inevitable, climate change will happen no matter what. Cincinnati used to be a subtropical area long long ago. I am a geology major so we look at things pretty far back in deep geologic time. What is really causing the climate to change? Are humans really causing it? And if so, what caused the ice ages in our past? Humans could have had a great impact on those. Carbon level in our atmosphere today are increasing and are higher than people have ever really seen them, so we blame ourselves. I agree we could play a role in this, but I’m just skeptical about somethings. Not many people know this, but earth’s atmospheric carbon levels have been way higher than what they are today; however this was long long ago. Here is an image I was able to find showing carbon levels and temperature of earth’s deep past.

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As you can see carbon has been WAY higher in our atmosphere before, so maybe this is just part of some type of cycle that earth goes through. Maybe not. I just find it interesting to think about.