Why can't religion and science both be right?
Here's Susan's question:
A general question: What in fact is right about religion(s)?
And another: What is wrong, in general, about Science?[quote]
Here's James's response:
I like these questions! As far as religion in general, it tries to make people be better than they have been through their lives. Most all try and encourage people to do more good than bad. But there's a lot of bad that come from religion, also. People can take their beliefs and persecute others that don't believe the way that they do. Religion is something is believed by people about good and evil and even mother nature and yes, even science. Christianity is the only one that states that our good doesn't outweigh the bad we've done. Only Jesus, who died for his creation, can judge and erase our sins.
Science is an awesome thing in many ways! I love chemistry and combining things and causing reactions. There are many things that have been proven and I think that it's awesome. However, there are many things that science considers absolutely factual and they are theories, which aren't proven. It's almost as if the theories are the best that we can come up until someone disproves it. And until then, it's the law. Science isn't supposed to be that way... I may sound a little bit hypocritical, but that's supposed to be more like religion and faith. Faith is the evidence of things unseen. Science is supposed to be factual and proven by set rules over and over again by whoever might recreate the same experiment.
The further dialog with Susan begins here:
Religion (right): Almost everything about Religion is right as long as it is personal; Religion becomes unavoidably wrong when it becomes political.
I believe that every spiritual person develops a personal Epistemology--a sense of meaning and purpose in one's life. That epistemology is very likely to be expressed through a religious practice that forces us to consider the political side. That's where the rubber hits the road.
Science (wrong): Almost everything about science is wrong when it is misapplied or misunderstood--and that's almost inevitable. A strong foundation is required to even know what science is--and there are many limitations on how it can be applied.
To unite my answers to Susan's questions: personalization of religion is good; attempting to explain Religion with science is bad.
What's your answer to Susan's questions?