How science, religion, and healing connect

Science, healing, and religion are pretty vague headings each containing their own massive underlying group that combine to form their whole meaning. Science can encompass anything studied or experimented on in the natural world. Religion and healing are both part of our natural world and therefore are connected through their relation to science. Even when abstract numerical science is not used, healing can still be a form of science, even if the healer is not aware. When Tsitano Maburunyara, a healer from Botswana, treats patients with specific plants or herbs he is performing a scientific experiment without writing data. He’s measuring substances and giving specific amounts depending on who is sick with what (Ton van der Lee, 2012). There is a science behind all healing because if a change is occurring in a patient’s health, then there are small changes happening inside the body which we could be aware of and monitor using science.

Religion ties into all this because religion is what you believe. I think that healing would be a custom that would more closely tie to religion because it is somewhat based on a belief that something might happen. There may be no proof that a healer was truly sent by a god and has the power to cure illness, but if your religion has taught you that this is the truth then you will be more likely to accept these ideas. Religion and science have battled one another since the beginning of debate. The ideas of science are formed around logic, testings, facts, and data. Whereas religion is bases on the believing of the seemingly impossible. People have fought to prove the contradicting side wrong for multiple millennia. A strong advocate for the science side, Richard Dawkins said in an interview with Time Magazine,  “…because something is vastly improbable, we need a God to explain it. But that God himself would be even more improbable.” (Van Biema, 2006). There are phenomenon that occur today that we cannot explain with current science and technologies. Who is to say that a god made these questions only answerable when we leave this reality we live in right now? Or on the other hand, that as science advances we will one day know all there is to know about the universe and our existence? It is a debate that has gone on as long as we have communicated with one another, and we can only assume it will go on for the foreseeable future.

Van Biema, David. “God vs. Science,” Time Magazine, November 05, 2006. Accessed July 20, 2016. http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1555132-5,00.html

 

One thought on “How science, religion, and healing connect

  1. Hi Timothy. Good post. I like how you mentioned how science has been trying to prove religion wrong and attack its existence for millennia. I believe that science is crucial and in todays society the most significant aspect to treating illness and disease. However, if religion is important to people all over the world why do scientist work so hard to disprove it. I also believe that religion does in fact have a role to play in healing. Obviously if you don’t believe in religion or faith healing than it is not going to work on you, but for those who do believe it can be beneficial. Polls have shown that religious people are less stressed and happier overall. I don’t think there is necessarily anything-scientific going on, but if you believe in something greater and take comfort it knowing that this life is not your best life or first life or whatever your religion dictates, you become more at peace with what transpires in day to day life. To me it seems similar to the placebo effect. There may be nothing to prove why it helps since it can’t be proven scientifically, but it clearly does make a difference. That is why I believe that even though science is superior in healing, religion shouldn’t necessarily be dismissed and certainly not attacked as being wrong or untrue.

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