Science vs Religion

When it comes to science and religion, there is much that we must simply just believe because we want to. With religion, there is a group of people telling us that there is a certain way to live our lives according to a book, and a man who created the rules. Similar to science, we may choose to believe what our textbooks tell us, and what our teachers tell us. We don’t always see things first hand, but we often believe it because it is from a reliable source or because the people around us believe it. Many times when we are going through tough times, we look to religion to help us, especially when it is something that cannot be explained by science, then we often say a prayer and ask for some sort of help from above. I feel as if people tend to turn to religion when things are a bit more difficult, and especially when they feel as if there is nothing more he or she can do. With science, people are able to google answers to questions, we are able to ask people to explain things, which may also be similar to putting trust in someone else to help someone understand.

There is so much unknown when it comes to both science and religion, yet we still manage to look to it when things go wrong. When someone is sick, we may look to the internet to learn cures and maybe even research ways to avoid becoming sick. We also may look to religion to pray for someone to be cured, and we may pray when we know there is no cure for a certain illness.

We let religion dictate many of our actions, we know we should  not steal or lie because it is against our religion and we have grown up knowing it is not a smart behavior. Just like in Science we know we should not jump off a cliff because it goes against gravity. Religion and Science may be different, and also may be very similar, but to many people both are very important when it comes the decisions we make, and the way we deal with our problems and hardships.

There are some people who choose not to believe in a religion, and there are also some people who choose not to believe the things they have heard about science, and when it comes down to it, it is simply up to each individual how he or she lives their lives, but the things he or she does believe in, may or may not make a large difference when it comes to the decisions people make and the actions people carry out.

 

Johnson, George. “A Free-for-All on Science and Religion.” The New York Times (November 2016)

5 thoughts on “Science vs Religion

  1. Hi Dochodal!

    I really like how you said that science is like religion in the way that people just believe what is written in a book. I also like how you mentioned that individuals turn to Google for issues regarding their health, which can have its benefits and disadvantages. Using Google for health concerns can be extremely beneficial for multiple reasons; for example, it is a way to get a quick diagnosis by just listing your symptoms, another reason being that many individuals do not like to discuss some of their health concerns if they think they are embarrassing. But, there are also many disadvantages for using Google regarding your health concerns because sometimes it is not very accurate and another reason being that it often does not take into account of the psychological health of an individual. I also like how you said that there is still so much more to reveal about science and religion, yet science and religion influence our behaviors immensely. If individuals focused on all of the characteristics that make up a human, like the mind and body, we could reach an optimum level of health. Unfortunately, some doctors, physicians, and others do not believe that the mind has as big as an influence as it actually does. There have been several studies showing significant results for the placebo effect, which indicates that the mind is indeed very powerful, perhaps more than one can imagine.

    Best,
    Taylor

  2. Hello!

    I thought it was interesting what you said in your first opening line. With both religion and science there’s a book of rule we’re supposed to follow, and they both contradict with eachother. The interesting part with religion, in my opinion, I guess is that it’s still so unknown and unsure, and that’s why people use it as a last resort sometimes or an additional help. With science, what we know is pretty confirmed and we can we confident in what we know. But I definitely agree with that you said at the end, whatever someone decides to believe is up to them and it should be the only thing that matters.

  3. Hi!
    I think a great point of your post was how science and religion influence our decisions and the implications we feel because of them (such as science being the physical consequences actions have, and religion being the moral and personal consequences they have). It is really interesting to think about what drives us from making the mistakes we choose to avoid and the decisions we do decide to make. It is very interesting in a sociological sense how our sociological systems are ultimately set up from our underlying motives for making our decisions and how we let that shape the ultimate life we end up living.

  4. Dohodal, nice work on comparing religion and science in terms of how people go about looking for answers. Although science and religion are two opposite pathways to find solutions and healing, you brought up a few valid similarities that makes the two seem very alike even in their differences. I agree that people believe in what they want to and what they are surrounded by. The biggest factor that influences the “people believe what they want” slogan is culture. In our Western culture, here in the United States, society is developed with the scientific medical system. A patient goes to the doctor hoping to get blood samples tested in order to find the chemical imbalance which “must” be the cause of the problem, then the patient hopes to receive a diagnosis with a prescription attached. Then the patient heals. Because our culture believes in the scientific ways of medicine, our people heal very well with scientific resolutions like prescriptions and antibiotics. Other cultures, such as the African Bush people we watched in our video, believe that the medical problem they are experiencing is a result of other things than chemical imbalances. In the video we learned that the African culture believes that spirits and social problems are root causes of sickness. The healer uses his religious gifts to put spells on the ill people to bring them back to health. These people who were brought up in this type of culture heal very well with this religious attack on healing.

  5. I enjoyed reading your post. I agree with what you said about people looking up answers to questions on Google and having the ability to potentially diagnose themselves over the internet. Doing this can have both positive and negative outcomes but seems even more popular among teenagers and young adults. I personally believe there are far more negative aspects doing this than positive. Looking up symptoms gives people the notion that something might be wrong with them. Psychologically this isn’t healthy and that’s when the mind has the ability to make up things and create a false reality. The mind can play many tricks and being able to handle certain situations without stress and worry is important. I know people who have thought they have a deadly disease or cancer because they get a sore throat or new skin problem. Then they say things like, “that’s what Webmd says.” This is not an intelligent or healthy way to handle these kinds of issues. I do agree that people tend to resort to religion in times of need, which is completely understandable. Having religion dictate our decisions on how we view illnesses and hardships is very intriguing in today’s society. This just makes me think of the bigger picture at hand about this constant “unknown”, which is beyond any of our comprehension. Good post!

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