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Where Science and Religion Divides

Life itself is the greatest journey there is and its origins have baffled humanity ever since. In the past, people attributed any unexplained phenomena to the divine and all knowing creator. On one side, this provided them with some kind of psychological comfort, as there was a hope that life continues after death. On the other side, however, this belief has been used as a powerful manipulation tool by organised religions. Population had to accept certain dogmas and could not question them. Those who dared to use their own minds and critical thinking were declared heretics, tortured, burned at stakes or imprisoned. Although sad, these inquisitive individuals paved the way for what would later become the scientific revolution.

Science has answered thousands of questions and continues to do so whereas religions have answered none. More and more people are looking for answers in science and philosophy and religions are well aware of this. Pseudo-scientific theories such as intelligent design attempted to prove the existence of the divine creator by saying that for example the flagellum bacteria’s complex mechanisms or the design of the eye could not be explained in terms of evolution as Charles Darwin described in his book On the Origin of Species. These theories have been only seen as a desperate attempt of creationists to infiltrate the educational system with their agenda hiding behind pseudo-scientific arguments. For example, Christianity was forced to regret and apologise for killing and imprisoning innocent people who opposed their views such as Giordano Bruno, Galileo Galilei and many others. I could not describe this better than George Carlin, famous comedian, social critic, actor, and author, who won five Grammy Awards.

 

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Religions seem to argue that they provide people with values and morals that would otherwise be unachievable and that the world would go out of control. Obviously this has little to do with the truth again. Most of my friends and colleagues are highly moral, caring a compassionate people and yet they are not religious.

I understand that people are looking for answers that science cannot currently address whether it is the nature of our reality or our existence. These unanswered secrets of nature are my main source of inspiration and motivation. An unbiased exploration of the nature of our existence through science and philosophy provides so many invaluable perspectives that religions appear as mere cultural artifacts attached to conscious and more often subconscious fears. Albert Einstein expressed this feeling very well when he said:

 

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science."

 

"Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that behind all the discernible concatenations there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious."

 

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

 

For many other great quotes see the quotes section.  I will finish this article with the videos  featuring ethologist, evolutionary biologist and famous critic of religions Richard Dawkins.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 31 December 2010 02:57