Science and religion: Friends or foes?

Commentary by CJ Click
Times News correspondent

   Throughout the chasms of history, there has been no greater rivalry than between those of science and religion. There has always been a degree of tension between the schools of science and the church since what scholars refer to as the Galileo affair.
   The Galileo affair was a series of events that contradicted the Aristotelian view of the universe as accepted by the Catholic Church, beginning with Galileo’s publication of “Sidereus Nuncius” in 1610 in which he described observations made with a new form of telescope of his own design. Ever since, there has been a rift between the idea of learning about the universe — more specifically life — scientifically, than by faith.
   This separation is unnecessary. There are scientists who claim that the disciplines of the two schools contradict each other and are thus incompatible. There are even a select few scholars who believe that religious scientists, such as Sir Isaac Newton, could have achieved even more had they rejected the religious principles that were their foundation.
   Science and religion are, I will admit, seemingly contradictory. But if one examines the two schools closer, there is really more of correlation between them. Science theorizes that the universe was created by energy being converted into various subatomic particles from the cooling of an extremely hot and fast expanding body.
   Religion (Christian, at least) says that the universe was created by God in six days, the seventh being one of rest. Who is to say that the two are not the same? We, as human beings, have no concept of time as God views it. What could be a day to him, could be a million years to us. If the Big Bang did happen, who created the energy and gases that came to create the universe in the first place?
   In the 1859, Charles Darwin wrote “On the Origin of Species,” a book which introduced the theory of evolution. Again refuted by the church, there was an uproar that followed its publication. Science says that species adapt and change across successive generations to survive and fit the needs of that species. Religion says that God created the universe and thus its inhabitants. I see no contradiction. Who is to say that God’s intelligent design was not for species to evolve, adapt, in order to survive?
   The current relationship between science and religion is unfortunate. One cannot exist without the other. Religion was integral in the development of modern science. Copernicus, Galileo,Newton, Kepler and countless others considered themselves Christians and could not have accomplished anything they had without a loving creator. Science is God’s way of revealing just a small portion of his creation to us. Some questions will never be answered, but it is of great comfort that we can one day know the answers if we just come to accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior.

 CJ Click is a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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