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Identify the key features of a religious and scientific interpretation of the origins of the universe?

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1a) Identify the key features of a religious and scientific interpretation of the origins of the universe? 1b) How far may these two types of accounts be compatible with each other? Science is a trust in evidence and experiment to acquire knowledge that assumes an orderly and intelligent world, not dependant on luck, chance and faith. Religion a system of beliefs about the supernatural monotheistic religion such as Christianity focuses on belief of a supernatural being called God. It is most commonly thought by the majority of people that the relationship between religion and science is an uneasy one. There has always been tension between the two ideas and sometimes there have even been open conflicts. This is due to the fact that that religion and science look at the world from quite different viewpoints. Scientists believe that the universe has always existed in some form, but that it evolves from state to another. Any reference to "creation" in the scientists view does not imply an instant appearance in a static form. Scientific theory has likewise concluded that the universe has no beginning, because the current "Big Bang" theory can only trace the history of the universe to ...read more.


As the earth cooled it was covered with a layer of various chemicals and through evaporation and radioactivity these simple molecules evolved into more complex proteins and acids, which eventually became able to reproduce themselves. This was the first from of life. Religious views on the origin of the universe are dissimilar in the view from a scientist's view of the origin of the universe. As there are an enormous variety of religions it would be extremely difficult to comment on all but a general overview of the concept of the beginning of the universe from religious believers mind is it is created by a supernatural being. In the case of Christianity in which I will look more closer at the supernatural being is God. The bible states that the process of the creation of the universe was a quick process only lasting six days. The constant darkness which engulfed the world was firstly dispelled by the creation of light and the primeval waters were divided first by the creation of solid sky and then by amassing the seas in order to allow the underlying dry land to appear, already clothed in vegetation. ...read more.


In Genesis the primacy given to the creation of light is a reference to the big bang and also the emergence of the earth from a formless chaos reveals an understanding of its original gaseous state. Another thing which religious people do to incorporate and explain science is that they try to make space for science by appreciating all the dark areas on which it has bought light, but stating that there are other areas which remain a mystery. Lastly I am going to talk about how there is always the question how/who created the big bang this can be an argument to show that yes although there is evidence that the universe was created in this way and people were formed through evolution there may and could be a supernatural existence who controlled and created the big bang. From looking at both arguments although they are formed from very different basis of knowledge and belief science and religion do not answer all question and by putting the two beliefs together and combining in such a way in the end they support each other's gap in knowledge creating an even stronger theory on the origin of the universe. Antonia Dodd-Noble ...read more.

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