Science and Religion do they have anything to offer each other?

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CWK        Science and Religion – do they have anything        28th December

        to offer each other?

Religion and Science are both ways in which for thousands of years humans have explained theories of how things have come to be, and within recent centuries scientific explanations have evolved with the likes of Darwin and Newton proving things without the aid of Religion. Before scientific discoveries became what they are today, most people turned to Religion to explain things such as natural disaster, for example disease. Today some people choose either Science or Religion to explain theories such as the origin of the universe, but for the majority of people this shouldn’t be the question, it shouldn’t be ‘choose either one’. I don’t think so, and feel that there is room for both in this modern world that we happen to live in. Rather, I think we should ask what each has to offer one another, which is what I’ll be discussing in this essay.

William Paley was a natural theist, and believed that science and religion were compatible and had more than just a passing resemblance. He believed that the scientific world and the religious world were both on the same sort of wavelength; they were both on the same track, they were both looking for the same answers, although coming at the same questions from different angles. He is renowned for his argument for design, which is one way that religious followers argue for the existence of God, by suggesting that a watch is so complex and sophisticated that it must have a designer, and cannot just occur by coincidence. He says that the universe follows this principle, the laws of science and nature are so perfectly synchronised, so involved that they prove that God must exist because they could not coincide together without a conductor, a director, a designer. Paley published four books on this principle, the most infamous was called “A view of the evidences of Christianity”, published in 1794, and expands on his core principles, such as the design argument.

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Alistair McGrath is another scholar that believes that religion and science can coexist together and can offer each other theories and ideas. He wrote a book in 2007 called ‘The Dawkins Delusion’ to counter Richard Dawkin’s controversial book called ‘The God Delusion’, published in 2006. Alistair McGrath criticizes Dawkin’s very harsh, blunt, and hostile ideas about the very concept of religion, and that because Dawkins has no phycology training he is not in the place to condemn religion because it is difficult for him to understand the true meaning of faith. McGrath disagrees with Dawkins when he says that God ...

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