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Religion at Odds With Science?
I never thought so, and I have a science degree. Here are some things to ponder.
BIG BANG THEORY
I understand the Big Bang theory first came from a Catholic priest named Monseigneur Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître. Most odd that no one seems to say that - other than the Priest at our Church recently. A humorous point is that he knew Einstein and Einstein thought this priest was wrong and the universe is not expanding as the priest said. But it is. Well, I am still fond of Einstein.... also. That just makes Einstein human.... partially....
SCIENCE CANNOT PROVE GOD DOES NOT EXIST
Well science of course relies on logic to an extent. And it is logically impossible to prove that God does not exist. Why? It requires a logical impossibility that some of us call "the logical negative set". What does that mean? It means that it is generally far easier to prove that something exists and it is often quite impossible to prove that something does not exist. To show something exists you can display it, tap its side to make noise, hold it in your hands. And at some point you might agree that it exists. To prove Something does not exist, if the universe is 13.5 billion years old then one would have to be at every point in the total universe - not just the part we see - for every instance of that 13.5 billion year time period. Even worse, we would have to know what a God looks like. As you can see, most of us sane people who enjoy logic would never get near the logical negative set. And so believe what you wish.
But I find that great minds believe that there in fact is a God, and that just leaves us to argue what kind of a God... the same God as in the Bible? Charles Krauthammer a current day Psychiatrist and commentator who is often admired by both US parties said he is not a religious person. But like Newton (science, gravity) he "fears God". And then he said of all of the possible explanations of where the universe came from the strangest is that it made itself. Not exact words. But I agree. I would simply say there is something here we do not get, and we believe Someone knows what is going on. And we call that Someone God. But I would respect the opinion of atheists if they wish. I just, like Krauthammer, personally find the answer of atheists "unlikely". I say instead ... there is something we are not getting here.
EVOLUTION IS NOT AT ODDS WITH GOD
I have opinions on evolution that Darwin got much right, but some is better explained another way. But regardless, that has nothing to do with God and Religion. Most religious people I know could not care less if evolution happened or not. Why not? Well, most religious people I know, know that God does not get into every facet of earth life. For example, God has clearly never seen His way to helping the Chicago Cubs. But perhaps more obviously, many people on earth are treated unfairly or die even. But what we religious see is that God does not get into every facet. Therefore God could choose to get involved during evolution or not get involved, and most people who are religious seem to see that. And that is why religion and evolution bear no relationship. It is just ... science versus science, which will always be with us as we all continue to learn.
I find no case for religion and science to be at odds. What we do not know then becomes a belief system. And I believe each of us should simply... respect the beliefs of others.