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Examine the claim that one day science will be able to explain everything. How far has science replaced God as the ultimate answer to all questions? Throughout history, people have held many religious beliefs. Beliefs that seemed unexplainable by any other method than a divine creator. However, as time has progressed, and technological and scientific advances have occurred, the human race has found many other explanations for events. Religion in modern day society holds true for many people, not through actual experience of God, but through a common, shared belief. However, many previous common beliefs have been proven wrong through scientific research, evidence, and eventually proof. One main common belief that was held for centuries, was the belief that the world was flat. Many people believed that the world was flat, and if someone were to sail to the edge of the world, they could drop off into nothingness. The first piece of evidence, which began to build up the argument that the world was in fact spherical, was Christopher Columbus' trip around the world. If the world was in fact flat, Columbus, when he sailed into the horizon, would simply drop off the edge of the world, and never return. However, since Columbus set sail into the horizon in August 1492, sailed straight ahead, around the world, and returned to Spain in March 1493, people could begin to believe that the world was not actually flat. ...read more.


Light is created. ("Let there be light.") This light is not the sun or stars, as these are created later. It is described by some as a primordial light. The light is divided from the darkness, and called good by God. Second day: The firmament of Heaven is created. The waters above it is separated from the waters below. Third day: Land is created, separated from the waters, and named. The water is also named. Grass, herbs and fruit-bearing trees are created. Fourth day: Lights are made in the firmament of Heaven, to appear regularly, aiding time-keeping. Two particularly large lights are made, the lesser one the Moon and the greater one the Sun. Fifth day: Air and sea creatures are created, including "great sea-monsters". They are commanded to "be fruitful and multiply." Sixth day: Land animals are created, and God calls them good. Man and woman are created in God's image. They are told to "be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it." Humans and animals are given plants to eat. The totality of creation is described by God as "very good". 3 One major flaw with this argument is that it appears that God created the Earth in six twenty-four hour days. This seems a little far-fetched, even for an almighty creator. To sidestep this fact, religious leaders came up with the theory of 'Day-Age Creationism'. This holds that "the six days referred to in the Genesis account of creation are not ordinary 24-hour days, but rather are much longer periods (of thousands or millions of years). ...read more.


However, eventually, religious leaders noticed how seemingly infallible this evidence was, and decided to come up with their own version of evolution:Intelligent Design. Intelligent design basically agreed with evolution, however, it stated that evolution was caused by God, and that God caused and monitored evolution to ensure the world stayed in harmony. However, many atheists believed that this was just the Church trying to explain scientific proof, using God, and many atheists rejected the idea of intelligent design. Intelligent design also lost a lot of credibility due to the fact that it was a theory created by religious leaders, and seemed like a last attempt to cling on to a failing religion. Overall, it can be seen that science is beginning to disprove religion. Over the last few centuries, scientists have discovered physical proof to back up their theories, while religion still hangs behind, hoping that proof will not overcome belief. I personally believe that science has made its first steps towards eliminating God as the ultimate answer to everything, and given a long enough time, eventually religion will disprove the existance of God, and explain everything without the need for guesswork, or belief in an unproven deity. 1 Paul Walorski B.A, How Can One Prove That The Earth is Round? >http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae535.cfm> (12th November 2006) 2 A View of Earth from Space, <http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.canadianarchitect.com/common_scripts/xtq_images/89157-58755.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.canadianarchitect.com/issues/ISarticle.asp%3Fid%3D166435%26story_id%3D89157101106%26issue%3D08012005%26PC%3D&h=222&w=292&sz=12&hl=en&start=5&tbnid=YVGbtRKWDpDl4M:&tbnh=87&tbnw=115&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dearth%2Bfrom%2Bspace%2Bactual%2Bpicture%26svnum%3D50%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN> (12th November 2006) 3 Wikipedia, "Creation According To Genesis", <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_according_to_Genesis> (21st November 2006) 4 Wikipedia, "Day-Age Creationism" < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day-Age_Creationism> (21st November 2006) 5 Wikipedia, "Big Bang", < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_bang_theory> (27th November 2006) 6 Wikipedia, "Redshift" < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redshift> (27th November 2006) ...read more.

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