I suspect anyone with a child has eventually had that conversation where they answer a question and are met with “Why?” Answer that question, and you will be met with the same question. Every. Single. Time. Until, ironically, you’re screaming like a baby, “WHY?!”
Granted, I don’t have a child, so I can’t say that this is the case. But since enough people say it, it must be true.
At any rate, to me, this is somewhat like debating with some theists. Not all of course, but some. “What caused the diversity of life?” Evolution. “What caused life, so that evolution could take place?” Probably abiogenesis. “What created inorganic matter, so abiogenesis could take place?” The Big Bang. “What created the Big Bang?”
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Is there a conflict between science and religion?
Well, yes and no. First, I’d like to say that there’s no question a person can be both scientifically literate and religious at the same time. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be tensions occasionally. Primarily, tension will occur when religion attempts to make factual statements about the world in which we live, and when science reaches a point that it can provide adequate corrections to these statements.
If it comes down to a disagreement between science and theology, theology will always back down. If it doesn’t, people will move on to the next religion that proved itself to be more adaptive – or they'll leave religion altogether.