Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Evolution and Religion - My Take

"Aren’t evolution and religion opposing ideas? Newspaper and television stories sometimes make it seem as though evolution and religion are incompatible, but that is not true.  

Many scientists and theologians are of the view that one can accept both faith and the validity of biological evolution. Science and science-based technologies have transformed modern life.  They have led to major improvements in living standards, public welfare, health, and security.  They have changed how we view the universe and how we think about ourselves in relation to the world around us. Biological evolution is one of the most important ideas of modern science. 
Evolution is supported by abundant evidence from many different fields of scientific investigation.  It underlies the modern biological sciences, including the biomedical sciences, and has applications in many other scientific and engineering disciplines.
As individuals and societies, we are now making decisions that will have profound consequences for future generations. How should we balance the need to preserve the Earth’s plants, animals, and natural environment against other pressing concerns?  Should we alter our use of fossil fuels and other natural resources to enhance the well-being of our descendants?  To what extent should we use our new understanding of biology on a molecular level to alter the characteristics of living things?
None of these decisions can be made wisely without considering biological evolution.  People need to understand evolution, its role within the broader scientific enterprise, and its vital implications for some of the most pressing social, cultural, and political issues of our time. 

Science and technology are so pervasive in modern society that students
increasingly need a sound education in the core concepts, applications, and implications of science. Because evolution has and will continue to serve as a critical foundation of the biomedical and life sciences, helping students learn about and understand the scientific evidence, mechanisms, and implications of evolution are fundamental to a high-quality science education.
Science and religion are different ways of understanding. Needlessly placing them in opposition reduces the potential of both to contribute to a better future."
I totally agree with the above. But the problem between science and religion is something else. It is perfectly in order, to criticize science, and, in most cases a valid criticism gets rewarded. Whereas, questioning religion is unthinkable, and if someone dares, not only that there is no reward, but also the worst reaction is reserved for such ones.
This is what, we should be looking at. (I did look in this way. And I found, religion is feeding to man's need for the irrational, the topic of many of my books)
Newspaper and television stories sometimes make it seem as though evolution and religion are incompatible, but that is not true.  Many scientists and theologians are of the view that one can accept both faith and the validity of biological evolution.
Science and science-based technologies have transformed modern life.  They have led to major improvements in living standards, public welfare, health, and security.  They have changed how we view the universe and how we think about ourselves in relation to the world around us. Biological evolution is one of the most important ideas of modern science. 
Evolution is supported by abundant evidence from many different fields of scientific investigation.  It underlies the modern biological sciences, including the biomedical sciences, and has applications in many other scientific and engineering disciplines.
As individuals and societies, we are now making decisions that will have profound consequences for future generations. How should we balance the need to preserve the Earth’s plants, animals, and natural environment against other pressing concerns?  Should we alter our use of fossil fuels and other natural resources to enhance the well-being of our descendants?  To what extent should we use our new understanding of biology on a molecular level to alter the characteristics of living things?
None of these decisions can be made wisely without considering biological evolution.  People need to understand evolution, its role within the broader scientific enterprise, and its vital implications for some of the most pressing social, cultural, and political issues of our time. 

Science and technology are so pervasive in modern society that students increasingly need a sound education in the core concepts, applications, and implications of science. Because evolution has and will continue to serve as a critical foundation of the biomedical and life sciences, helping students learn about and understand the scientific evidence, mechanisms, and implications of evolution are fundamental to a high-quality science education. Science and religion are different ways of understanding. Needlessly placing them in opposition reduces the potential of both to contribute to a better future."
 

I totally agree with the above. But the problem between science and religion is something else. It is perfectly in order, to criticize science, and, in most cases a valid criticism gets rewarded. Whereas, questioning religion is unthinkable, and if someone dares, not only that there is no reward, but also the worst reaction is reserved for such ones.
This is what, we should be looking at. (I did look at this, in this way. And I found, religion is feeding to man's need for the irrational, the topic of many of my books)

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