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)