Do Science and Religion Clash? Prop will argue No, Opp will argue Yes.
Debate Rounds (4)
1) They exist for different reasons
2) They can support each other
3) Any clash in the past was due to human interpretation and not religion or science themselves.
Hope to have an interesting debate!
I, NIGHTANDKNIGHT, accept the challenge. Let’s hope, whether you or I win or lose, we both would learn something useful.
These are my points:
• Science is based on logic. Religion is based on belief.
• While religion explain many things with an illogical concept, science always explain topics with a logical concept.
• On many topics both science and religion has a say. Both the concept of science and religion differ (many times) and thus they clash.
• If religion and science support one another then a person of scientific mind and of religious mind would interpret the same thing and they would not have become ‘agents of clashing’.
• Science and religion exist for different reason but both cover a large field. In many place they come in contact with one another. In these cases mostly due to conceptual difference they clash.
With this I end my argument for round 1. Good luck Orose Khan
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Science exists for us to learn more about the physical and natural worlds. Religion exists to follow an ethical code of conduct.
Religion explains social issues from a moralistic perspective while Science explains natural phenomena from a logical perspective. Social issues and natural phenomena are too different things.
An aspect of a religion's ethical code can be service to mankind. The scientific endeavour can yield more ways to serve humanity.
I believe I have refuted your points and supported my own. Again, I apologise for my inactivity and also for the rushed argument.
Two major examples of conflicts between science and religion at the present time are:
Creation science & evolution:
"Many conservative Christians believe in the inerrancy of the Bible. Although they have are many competing theories over details, many conclude that a literal interpretation of Genesis in the Hebrew Scriptures indicates that God created the world during a six day, 144 hour period, sometime between 4004 and perhaps 8000 BCE.
"Cosmologists have reached a near consensus that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old and that the Earth coalesced about 4.5 billion years ago.
"Many conservative Christians accept a literal interpretation of the biblical book of Genesis which seems to imply that all of the species of plant and animal life were created during this six day interval.
"Essentially all biologists believe that the various species evolved over hundreds of millions of years, mainly or completely through the processes of natural selection.
Beliefs concerning lesbians, gays, bisexual trans gender persons and transsexuals (the LGBT community):
"Human sexuality researchers and therapists have reached a near consensus that homosexuality is a minority sexual orientation, one of three natural, normal orientations, mainly caused by genes. It is said to be unchangeable -- or essentially so -- during adulthood. Many religious conservatives say that it is an unnatural, abnormal lifestyle, mainly caused by inadequate parenting and/or sexual molestation during childhood; it is chosen, and can be changed.
"Researchers and therapists have reached a near consensus that transgenderism is caused by hormonal imbalances in the womb; they often recommend gender reassignment surgery if the individual qualifies. Trans gender persons often describe themselves as being female trapped in a male body, or vice verse. Many religious conservatives say that it is a caused by gender confusion and is treatable through prayer and counseling; many professes that gender reassignment surgery is a very serious sin.
These two clashes are confined to Christianity only. Two other conflict between Islam and Science are:
"First Humans: The Qur"an and Hadith contains stories concerning the 'first humans' and how all people are descended from these two earliest ancestors. It states that humans were created in a garden (paradise) and then brought to earth fully formed. This view of the origins of human life is clearly contradicted by the numerous fossils of pre-homosapien species that lived on earth for millions of years before modern humans first evolved.
"Seven Planets in the Universe: A verse claims there are seven planets. However, according to astronomers, there are eight ordinary planets and five dwarf planets, which leaves the grand total at thirteen in our solar system. Modern astronomy also has found hundreds of other planets in other solar systems and Cosmologists estimate that hundreds of billions of stars and planets exist in the universe. The author of the Qur' an singling out such a small number of celestial objects only reaffirms his ignorance of the makeup of the universe.
Now I will state two clashes between Hinduism and science:
1) Earth is fixed, don't rotate or revolve.
2) Sky stand on support.
So we can see that there is an existence of clashes in science and religion. After showing these clashes I can clearly conclude science and religion do clash. They may exist for different reason but clashes have and taking place. With this I end my debate. Thank you.
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