Comparing Religion and Science

What’s the difference between science and religion? 

Religion is “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe”. Such beliefs are merely theories and have not usually been proven to be true, but rather, are accepted as true, by faith. 

Actually, science is also a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe. So, we could define science as a religion in which the particular belief has been verified or proven to be true by the scientific method. The latter means: “a method of research in which the problem is identified, relevant data gathered, a hypothesis formulated, and the hypothesis empirically tested.” 

When the hypothesis has been proven to be true through repeated experiments, it is no longer considered a theory, but a truth; it is no longer a religious belief, but a proven scientific fact. For example, religion once held that the earth was the center of the universe; that is, until science had shown proof that the earth rotates around the sun and is not the center at all. 

In the early 17th century, the King James Version translated the Gospel of Matthew 17:15: “Lord, have mercy on my son; for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for oft times, he falleth into the fire”. It was believed that a demon had made the boy crazy. However, a more recent translation reads: “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic, and is very ill…” Through science, it is now understood that the condition was not caused by a demon, but the boy suffered from epilepsy. 

Whenever science fails to prove a theory, it remains just a theory. For example, science claims to have proven that the theory of macro evolution is now a fact. The theory states that over millions of years, matter has been able to create conscious awareness, that is, the mind, or intelligence. The evidence for this belief is certainly not conclusive among many scientists, yet is accepted as fact by the general populace. Did matter create intelligence and become aware of itself, or did intelligence create matter and become aware of itself? 

Charles Fillmore wrote that “God immanent in the universe is the great underlying cause of all manifestation: the source from which form proceeds.” Discoveries in the subatomic world of quantum mechanics are now verifying this very truth. Yet, it is up to you and me to prove it to be true … in our daily lives. 

         Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
July 1, 2012
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