Last week during our lecture we discussed the relationship between religion and science and what our personal views were on the subjects. After some doing some follow up research, I came across and Tedx talk with Michael Dowd who is talking about how ‘Reality reconciles science and religion”. He brought up several ways in which our world uses and needs both science and religion to understand science, yet alone our world, itself. He discusses the history of earth and how in order to fully comprehend how things work there is a relationship between both religion and science.
A major factor that stood out in this video was when he was discussing the extinction of dinosaurs. He said, “ You can’t understand how God or reality created complex life, if you don’t understand extinctions, you can’t understand how God or reality created the Great Lakes or soil in the northern world if you don’t understand glaciers, you can’t understand how God or reality created the periodic table of elements, planets or life, or the atoms and elements in our bodies if you don’t understand supernovas and red giant explosions, you can’t understand how God or reality created continents, and oceans, and mountains if you don’t understand plate tectonics.” This portion of the talk really stood out to me more than anything else. It really portrayed to me how science and religion obviously can have major differences but they also in some aspects go hand and hand with one another. In school, when I would learn about religion they would also be teaching me about science and the history of the world. Yes, the facts may have questioned what you learn when you read the bible but in order to understand one another you need both. Some people may not agree with the religion aspect and stick strictly to the facts which is fine, but in my world they both intertwine.
Although I am not a science major, I know the importance of knowing the factual information and science behind what is going on in our world. Even though I consider my religion to be an important part of who I am, it in no way, shape or form defers me from understanding the scientific issues that are occurring throughout our world today. In my personal opinion, I feel as if religion and science go hand in hand more than we think they do.
Here is the video that I watched: