Before you attack me, I just wanted to say that this is a piece of creative iconoclastic writing I prepared for my English GCSE controlled assessment. I still haven’t received my grade back.We have a word limit which explains why I haven’t written the usual masses of amounts I do for assignments. Enjoy!
Planet Earth,4.5 billion years old. A planet revolving around a medium sized,yellow dwarf, main sequence star which happens to be situated in an ideal zone capable of sustaining life at just the right distance for imperative chemical processes to occur.4.5 billion years of history and if you were to imagine all of the Earth’s time scaled down to only 24 hours humans have only exited for approximately 1 minute , at 04:00 the origin of life appeared, at 14:08 single celled algae appeared and at 23:00 dinosaurs appeared.Crazy, right? We Homo sapiens really haven’t been here long enough.Today we are 100 years too late to explore the planet and 100 years too early to explore space by interstellar travel but we were born at just the right time to explore Mathematics and language. Scarily enough, we know more about outer space than we do about our own oceans here on Earth.
How , you may ask , do we know this? Well it certainly didn’t come from Holy Scripture. In fact many discoverers in science are thanks to the advancement of technology and the will to keep asking questions.
The war on science
For hundreds of years scientists’ ideas have been bashed simply because their ideas went against creationists’ ideas of how the earth was made.The Theory of Evolution by Charles Darwin,the idea of an expanding universe by George Lemaitre, the idea that the Earth isn’t at the centre of the universe by Kepler, Galileo and Copernicus and the idea that microbial pathogens cause disease by Ignaz Semmelweis were all once that were rejected! Now imagine of they were totally ignored? We certainly wouldn’t have the privileges of medicine(antibiotics), X-rays, space research aboard the International Space Station and many other things science brings us.The list goes on.However , what strikes me the most is how oblivious people can be to the importance of science.If teenagers in today’s generation idolised scientists as they do for actors or musicians then we’d probably already be exploring the stars, the nearest being Alpha Centauri which is 4.2 light years away from Earth.
Whilst religion may bring peace, prosperity, a sense of love and purpose it can also being disagreements. Metaphorically speaking, if you assume religion is the man and God is the elephant and multiple blind men are surrounding an elephant describing what they sense, they all disagree when explaining how this elephant looks despite it being the same thing yet it is from different perspectives.This is the analogy of omnism, the belief in a single transcendent purpose. A commonly discussed topic in my RE GCSE class.
Then we have the philosophical arguments proposed by St. Thomas Aquinas and William Paley.The analogy of a watch is used to explain how the earth must have a designer.A watch is intricate and so is the Earth, the Earth has faults and so does a watch. The only difference is that a watch was designed by a human as opposed to the Earth (according to this design argument) which was designed by divine intervention, also known as God. It is evident that this argument obviously doesn’t have any statistical data to prove it’s validity and perhaps this is what religious ideologists were most afraid of. That science would change traditional customs and ways of living.
Nevertheless, many religious figures have contributed immensely to science and this was achieved , not through fancy education or expensive equipment, but through the asking of questions.It is never good to keep silent. Explore the world and keep asking questions.
Morals and standards are constantly changing and according to Google, 20% of the British public believe religion is harmful, 97% of scientists believe humans have evolved from simpler life forms and 61% of the general public agree.This is more than half. People’s views are constantly changing through time and as the Internet takes over , we rely more and more on immediate answers presented to us through our electronic devices.
Regardless, I guess that some could say ‘science without the religion is lame , religion without science is blind’.
Both Religion and science offer different views on how to interpret life and the universe itself and some people will benefit more from rational reasoning more than others.The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe (yes that’s right , you read it correctly) and so I believe we need to take advantage of this extraordinary trait and ask questions because no matter how absurd they sound because in the end Aristotle says ‘no great mind has ever exited without a touch of madness’.
I am certainly not trying to offend anyone , these are just my views , everyone has different opinions. ☺