Science and Religion

Science and religion: two concepts people think are always opposite, always in contradiction with each other. This is true, but the common ground lies in this: healing. For those unreligious people, one would always claim science is what creates, causes, and explains illnesses and healing. However, to those religious people, one would most likely claim that God predicts and controls each one of our fate’s, completely at his own will. This is where the head butting begins. And really where it ends too.

There are many, many examples of how science works, heals, and determines people’s fates. But also, there are examples of times when science has failed. There are examples of people who by all means should recover from illnesses or accidents but somehow their bodies do not respond like they presumably should. Also, there are instances when doctors can say there is no hope, they can put a time limit on what they expect a person to live until based on what medicine and science tells them. This has been proven false at times. In a specific example, a UK teenager had a brain tumor and was undergoing rough chemotherapy. His team of doctors took his parents to court arguing that if his heart should stop beating, he should not be resuscitated. The boy’s parents, however, did not agree. The doctors had given the boy a mere two weeks to live, but by the time the case was going to trial 3 months later, the boy was still alive. Doctors could not explain how he had continued to persevere or how his symptoms and outlook seemed to be getting more positive as time went on (The Guardian). This is a classic example where people whom believe religion is responsible for healing and overall fate would use. There are unexplained happenings all the time. Is the explanation religion?

On another note, without the science that we have now, many, many, many people who have fallen victim to illnesses, ailments, accidents, etc would not be alive today, The advancements in science have allowed for recoveries, and if the antidotes and  cures were never found, from science, then the people would never have recovered. A counter argument could be made that God allowed the scientists to discover what they did, therefore, the cure would not have been discovered without God and hence without religion It continues in a cycle of what if’s and what about’s. The relationship between science and religion lies in how much, if any, each affect the overall goal: healing.

 

Montague, Jules. “Why Doctors Get It Wrong about When You Will Die.” The Guardian. 2015. Accessed July 24, 2016. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jun/02/doctors-predict-patient-die-prognosis-wrong.

 

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  1. I find it interesting that even though science and religion contradict each other, there’s evidence that both are very important aspects to healing cross culturally. In many examples we saw that there was benefits to both religious healing and scientific healing. Religious healing relies heavily on placebo (which is apparently much stronger than I originally anticipated) and scientific healing relies very much on fixing the malfunctioning physical structure that is the human body. What we get from both is a mindset and a view of the human body. Only using one of the two gives an incomplete picture of the human form. It isn’t until one utilizes both aspects of healing to truly see a person as, well, a full person mind, body, and spirit. Western medicine really fails here, and this is evident in the examples of traditional Chinese medicine. A lot of western doctors don’t necessarily believe in it, but there are a select few that swear by the method. Even in the documentary we watched they saw that it helped with osteo-arthritis, and that was interesting but I’m not 100% convinced. In the video they did say that all it was supposed to do was help with the pain, which is what osteo-arthritis is. So in that respect it just took over as an antibiotic or painkiller to ease the pain. Not only does it depend on how you look at an illness and the human body to determine how to heal, but figuring out what exactly is healing is important to note. That’s a whole new conversation, though. Great post!

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