Science as the Religion of “Why?”

I often find myself rather amazed (and amused) when hearing people making any claim of “science goes against God.” In those moments, I also often hear various explanations as to why the person believes that. Of those explanations, I most often hear something to the effect of “science tries to disprove the word of God.” Well, that hardly qualifies as a rational explanation. And I do believe that everything in our world does have a rational explanation. But in all honesty, I do not believe that our collective scientific knowledge and ability is adequate enough to cover all the bases, yet.

Personally, I do believe that whatever force is at work in our universe, is also known as “God.” I also believe that aside from being “intelligent,” God also gave humanity the gift of free will. Now, I admit to a certain level of assumption on my part here. That assumption is that the reader will agree, at least partially, with what I have just written. To continue with this premise; if God gave humans free will and intelligence, what we do with that is part of God’s plan. If God intended us to use our free will, then any attempts at rationalizing our environment is also part of God’s plan.

So, if science is part of our way of attempting to rationalize our environment, or to understand it, how can that be against God? Now, in fairness, I do not think that the majority of career researchers are as unbiased as they claim to be, when dealing with religious or other topics that require a certain level of belief or “faith.” One such example would be Natasha Demkina. When the documentary The Girl with X-Ray Eyes first aired, I could not help but note a very obvious departure from the scientific method I learned in school. In this particular case, I would think the control group should have been restrictive of how she attempted to diagnose medical conditions. The experimental group should have allowed her to use her “normal” approach.

Now, based upon experience gained through curriculum taught in northern NJ high schools from 1992 1990 to 1996, I believe that “science” can be described as “the philosophy of ‘why” or “the religion of ‘why?” As a whole, scientists constantly ask that question in regards to whatever is being researched at the time. A question that almost everyone will ask at least once in their life is “why is the sky blue?” It may not be possible to count the number of times that question has been asked over the span of human existence. However, in the modern world as we know it now, that question has been answered by science. Now, it may not answer every underlying “why” that could come of that answer, but it does answer the original question. In 6th grade science I learned about how electrons, neutrons, and protons, are the three component particles of the atom. I did not learn anything about quarks. And then, years later, scientists discover the existence of the quark. Previously to that discovery the electrons, neutrons, and protons, were considered to be the smallest particle of matter to exist.

So the question is, how can anyone claim that science goes against God in any way? I believe that some day, if “God” exists, science will be able to rationally prove it. As well as prove or disprove many other things that are currently considered to be “inconclusive,” or “disproven” by scientists who equate “inconclusive” to “disproven.”

Works Cited

“Natasha Demkina.” Wikipedia, 8 Feb. 2005. Web. 2 May 2010.

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One Response to “Science as the Religion of “Why?””

  1. 5 May, 2010 – Editorial corrections/clarifications. Strike-through denotes “deletion.”

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