SCIENCE VS. RELIGION: A False Dichotomy.


Careful examination of the issue reveals stunning conclusion that science and religion have the same roots but use different methods and thresholds for verification of their claims about universe.

Religion relies on unverifiable individual claims and emotional sense experiences interpreted within strict religious framework while science relies on verifiable social claims and intelligible sense experiences interpreted within strict materialistic framework.

Religion accepts or rejects individual experiences based on their adherence to religious dogmas while science accepts or rejects theories based on their adherence to scientific experiments.

While religion is more individual and autocratic, science is more social and democratic.

While religion deals with incomprehensible, abstract entities, science deals with incomprehensible, abstract entities.

While religion has potential to improve or destroy people’s lives, science has potential to improve or destroy people’s lives.

While religious institutions could be corrupted by money or power, scientific institutions could be corrupted by money or power.

While religion may slip into scientific materialism, science may slip into religious dogmatism.

Religion and science, both ultimately serve human needs, one to calm fear of unknown by praying, and the other to calm fear of unknown by learning.

Religion and science, both ultimately rely on act of faith, one in unintelligible mysteries and individual experiences, the other in intelligible narratives and common experiences.

Religion and science are creations of our mind and have their limitations beyond which they loose their value for humanity.

God should stay out of both.

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