Science as a Religion
There has always been constant debates between religion and science. How did the universe actually come into existence? Are the events in our daily life only a matter of cause and effect or a Supreme Being/ God has predestined it for us? When it seems like the two stand on completely opposite sides of the spectrum, an article for Huffington Post by Henry Gee gave us a glimpse of something different. One of his sources, a science blogger named David Sloan, introduced the idea of Science as a Religion. Science as stated is a religion that worships truth as its God.
Based on the dictionary, religion is defined as “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.”
Science in fact has a set of beliefs mostly focusing on facts that are hypothesized and proven through experiments. The problem is that truth does not require faith. Yes, Science has 10 million followers from different countries which is one of the main requirements to be considered as a world religion but what about the traditions which must be handed down from generation to generation? This religion that worships truth only concentrates on innovation. Some facts that have been found decades ago are replaced or completely falsified.
The article comments on how religion is easier to understand than science. In religion, the truth in scriptures is held to be absolute and beyond question. Science is the complete opposite. It is not about truth, but doubt; not about knowledge, but ignorance; not about revealed facts, but uncertainties.
I believe that Science can be something a person could follow but not worship as a God. For me, A God is something you have complete faith in even though he is not proven to be true. The scriptures are our evidence, traditions like Sunday masses became our way of life and the Gods became our leader. Facts are hypothesized, experimented, proven to be true. After all those processes, the world evolves and these can only be true for a period of time. Scripture have lived on for a long term. To equate Science with religion for me is a bad call.
Can we really consider Science as a Religion? What aspects of Science can overlap with that of Religion?