The importance of science and religion
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Science - a system that builds and organizes knowledge concerned with the physical world in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe
Religion - "an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to the supernatural, and to spirituality"
Science has benefited mankind more due to the technological innovations and knowledge that it allows us to use in everyday life.
My opponent argues in his opening that we need religion for the keeping of order and morals, even though this is not necessarily true. Morals and order can be kept without religion guiding our paths, as this is the purpose of government. Religion has played a role in a government and politics before, and still does today, but that does not mean that it needs to be in our systems of government in order for us to make choices concerning society. In fact, throughout history, the meddling of religion with government has caused many sufferings in the affairs of everyday people.
Even though religion has helped natural philosophers in their scientific efforts, that does not mean religion is better than science. As science relies on tests and evidence to build knowledge. It differs greatly from religion, which relies on beliefs that do not rely on what can be tested.
Maybe life isn't about anything, but if it is, science will show us what's going on. Something religion cannot be relied upon for.
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faith - complete confidence or trust in something(1)
belief - an acceptance that something is true or exists(2)
You pose that human progress is stimulated by some sort of purpose. In this, you are very unspecific of what that purpose is, and you even call it a common purpose among all people. You are under the belief that people have a purpose in this world beyond living, or any purpose at all. There is no absolute purpose for which we are prescribed as, for the most part, it is defined by the individual, who then contributes to the commons, and in this way we could define a common purpose. It would only be an approximation.
In fact, science is the best way to find our purpose, as it allows us to change the world around us. It is what allows for social progress. Religion does this in minute ways, whereas science can provide massive changes in what we do and how we act. If anything, it is subjective to say that religion is, "the one thing that any person can rely on to keep faith in discovery and reason as much as, if not more, than science." For many people, they need not rely on faith to believe in discovery, as it is happening all the time in many places on earth.
We have freedom of religion to prevent one religion from oppressing another religion. Even then, oppression of others faiths still occurs.
You state that those without religion we will not find a purpose and peace of mind. This is arguably false, as religion is not a requirement to have purpose or peace of mind within ones life. If there is faith in a religion, this does not make it more significant than the testing of theories concerning our world. We need science because of the benefits which it brings and religion lacks. Without science and religion, I would be able to communicate at approximately the speed of light with another person a thousand miles away. I would be ignorant and in the dark, with little knowledge of my surroundings. With religion but without science, we would be in a similar situation to the above depicted. We would know very little about the universe and it's workings.
Thank you for participating in this debate. I once again apologize for missing round 2 and I wish all a happy day.
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