As I was wasting a portion of my day on stumbleupon.com it took me to a 'popular quotes' page. One quote that I particularly enjoyed was "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."-Albert Einstein.
Though Einstein wasn't a philosopher or religious expert by any means (or so I believe, I could be wrong) he makes a very valid point when he said this. It shows us that even in his time science and religion, according to popular/media influenced culture, bashed heads.
He says perfectly that: neither science or religion can reach its fullest and greatest potential without the other. All the workings of the universe, from the incredibly small and intricate workings of a cell to the millions of galaxies somehow floating out in space can not be appreciated fully without believing in a God that somehow thought each and every little thing out. Scientists who don't believe in all this will never be able to appreciate all the findings and discoveries for what they really are.
Christians who discount science are missing out on the world just the same as the scientists who discount Christianity are. When God made everything he made science, and he made us smart enough to figure out how he created things to run so perfectly together. There's a million examples of how insanely detailed God is (ie. the human body: from the cells to how the brain communicates to the muscles, giving atoms a positive and negative charge so they will either attract or repel each other creating new substances) and how he also loves the bigger picture (ie. a mountain range, the blue ocean, and animals big and small). I'm going to be very frank here and say that religion without science is stupid. Now I'm not saying that we should always look at everything quantatatively. Because there's a lot of things such as human emotions, behaviors, etc. that we simply can't make hypothesis about and than stick them in a test tube to run tests on. Although I love knowing why the sunset and sunrise changes colors, sometimes it's nicer to just look at it and say 'God created a beautiful time of day.'
Being that I'm a Christian who loves science, I've always enjoyed being able to see science from a slightly different perspective. My favorite and one of the hardest classes I took in high school was earth science. Though it was taught by a self-righteous science teacher he did a good job of just mentioning how amazingly created everything in the world was. Something that I loved the most was learning about how our planet is so amazingly unique. We're placed perfectly in the milky way, at the perfect tilt, perfect atmosphere to support life, perfect distance from our sun, etc. But it wasn't those things that made me really think about how perfectly created the world was. It's that we are placed on the edge of a spiral arm so at night we can see the stars above the milky way, below the milky way, and if the night is clear enough we can see the milky way itself. God had the sense to make us smart enough to look up and say 'wow, look at that I wonder what else is out there.' He gave us curiosity to explore what is outside of our own world.
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