“…when one views the matter historically, one is inclined to look upon science and religion as irreconcilable antagonists, and for a very obvious reason. The man who is thoroughly convinced of the universal operation of the law of causation cannot for a moment entertain the idea of a being who interferes in the course of events …” Those where the words of the greatest physicist of the 20th century; Albert Einstein. His position about the subject of religion and science was to him ”an irreconcilable antagonist.” A position I interestingly share and will be delighted it remains the same. Has this position ever changed in recent time?
The question of connecting religion and science can be described as the possibility of having acid poured into water, the explosive result is one of endless dogmatic argument within a futile court with no judge to adjudicate. This is due to the irreconcilability of certain fundamental propositions like; faith and fact, the concept of consciousness, the evolution of man, the origin of the universe, the ”existentiality” of a God, who in the mind of Stephen Hawkins are the theories of Physics resonating in the head of Einstein and in the mind of Tutu, a supernatural being that oversees the affairs of mankind, and so many
others. Talking about faith and fact; religion is fundamentally hinge on faith (substance of thing hope for that cannot be experimentally determine) while science is hinge on fact. Faith in its own sense destroys the startling beauty, defiant optimism and most layered nostalgia associated with science. It brings to halt the possibility of questioning the universe; its existence and the aspiration of understanding it. It offers an alternative route to the vulnerability of man subject to the dictatorship of a supreme being; an idea the scientific community will not love to entertain over a coffee table. While facts makes the ”existentiality” of a supreme being non-trivial, which also might not be of interest to a clergy.
The position of the church is clear about the origin of universe as oppose to the multiverse or cyclic universe in the corridors of scientific reasoning; a being who in his majesty said ”let there be light” and there was light.The scientists will preferably have it to be ”let there be Maxwell’s equation” and there was light. Religion and science are yet to find a common ground on this fundamental issue.
Have they ever found a common ground on any issue? … Maybe on issues
such as fund for their egoistic pursuit!
Conclusively, it is however disheartening that we have to open the pages of newspapers and consistently read about argument we know jack of and of course one that does not put a dime in our pocket. However, underneath this schisms lies beauty.The irreconcilability of this two brilliant field consistently checkmate our dogmatism and gives us enough rooms to appreciate the beautiful world we live in.
Que pouvons-nous demander? What more can we ask for?