Religion will soon come to an end. Religion involves the worship and belief of a supernatural entity, however these entities cannot be supported by evidence and cannot be verified by the scientific method. Science is one of the best methods of understanding the universe, and before the derivation of knowledge became systematized by science, people relied on their notions of what they thought caused natural changes in the world.
For example, the Egyptians were curious of how the sun worked, so they created a sun God that fit their purview of how nature worked. To them, Ra is the God that brings light and is God of the sun. However, today we obviously reject this and know that the sun rises and sets due to the Earth's planetary motion. As such, the existence of Ra was rejected. Over time, Egyptian deities soon were realized as mere fiction, and their belief system became unpracticed. This is one example of religion coming to its demise.
Religion will also come to an end because of education becoming more publicly obtainable. Usually, religions base their entire set of ideals on one text or a multitude of texts that tell various ways of how the universe works, or how mankind should live their lives. However, science on the other hand always changes to correct itself. Since science always changes, there will be much more to learn than what is written in one text, and since science is taught in public schools and the internet facilitates the acquisition of scientific knowledge, the next generations will become more skeptical to the notion of accepting that a supernatural entity exists.
Most importantly religion will end, and science will answer our questions because religion is not a good way of understanding the universe. Compare scientific thought and religious thought, scientists can usually create models that can be evaluated by repeatable experiments. The theory of evolution stands as an exemplar. In the scientific community, it is unanimously agreed that evolution is an excellent and well supported theory to explain the complexity of life. Contrarily, many different religions have multiple interpretations of different subjects. Moreover, religions are never subject to changing their core ideals if they are demonstrated to be incorrect.
Many people argue over and over again that science cannot explain everything. They are correct, science cannot explain "everything" because most claims cannot even be subject to experiments, ergo scientists cannot explain it. Many religious people argue that God exists but cannot be tested. This is contradictory to conventional scientific practice which has derived a plethora of information, and as a result scientists must rule out that God cannot be proven to be true. As the great Christopher Hitchens once said, "“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
Essentially, religion will come to a slow demise as scientific thought continues to be widespread across planet Earth, this is due to science being the most effective method of demonstrating how our universe operates.
Science has proven out many topics that religions stand behind, which usually angers religious people and the end result can end in death to stop the influence of science (fact) I find it interesting that if one doesn't believe the chosen God , then one is also an outcast. Morals ?
Religion has always been the true enemy of mankind and is only a matter of the ages that it will cease to be relevant other than a subject of the history of civilization. Science has already proven the non-existence of religion but it will take several generations until the truth of it's deceit will be clearly understood by the masses. Religion only divides mankind and never brings it together, religion only creates the need to separate one group from another thus bringing war and death upon the entire world. The hypocrisy of religion is endless whether it is Christian or Muslim but I firmly believe the world with the help of science will bring down the veil of lies that is called religion.
Even though Science now cannot solve completely the mystery of religions, some of religious belief seem to logically links with a lot of scientific facts, buddhism for instance. Einstein once said
"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. And 2) Buddhism is the only religion able to cope with modern scientific needs"
It means that he also anticipates the day that science and religion become one would come.
If this dream comes true, I think that the world would be a better place in which people live in harmony and peace.
Religion began because man needed to invent something to explain that which he could not- forces of nature like lightning and earthquakes or the origin of humans. As we advanced as a society, we have needed these superstitions less and less. The "god of the gaps" gets smaller every day. The prevalent religious beliefs that if we do not understand something it must be "gods" continues to look more and more irrational the more we learn.
I believe that science someday will replace religions because science look for answers and asking questions of why things work this way or how we could improve quality of life instead of unquestioning god or religious leaders that oppose change in the way of thinking. I wanted to hear from you on what do you think if religions were gone, would life be very different?
We all know that the universe was born in the Big Bang, right? Recently, scientists have discovered the Higgs boson (the "God particle" as religious people call it). That boson discovery is just the beginning of understanding what happened before the Big Bang.
P.S.: The Higgs boson is NOT evidence that God exists.
Rather than accepting skepticism towards it and it's teaching, science exhibits the very traits of religion that atheists claim to hate. It has holy books (any book by a ' New Atheist', Darwin's books), prophets (Darwin), priests ('New Atheists'), radical fundamentalists ('New Atheists'), and a sense that everything it says is correct and not subject to review. People who don't rely 100% on science are regarded as little more than infidels, and are subject to ridicule and abuse from the science-faithful. The goal of science now is not to help humanity, but to prove religion as incorrect, attack all who oppose its findings and beliefs, and push an agenda that science likes. Science is itself becoming a religion, because it envies the role religion has on society.
My feeling is that religions will not cease to exist anytime. Ancient civilizations of the world like the Indus valley and Mesopotamian put forward various beliefs which have a strong scientific background. Most of the beliefs of the ancient Romans and Greeks, who were considered the Kings of ancient science are based on celestial bodies which also have a scientific background. Further most of ancient Indian beliefs which are considered superstitious also have a science base. So it is very difficult to overrule the ancient concept of religion.
My feeling is that religions will not cease to exist anytime. Most of the beliefs of ancient civilizations like Indus valley and the Mesopotamian put forward various beliefs which are proved to have a scientific background. Further the ancient kings of science namely the Greeks and the Romans have explained various religious beliefs based on celestial bodies and have worked good. It is not a wonder to see most of the ancient Indian beliefs which are considered superstitious have a scientific background.
I am a atheist myself and don't really care for other religions, however i think that no matter the amount of proof given to us, there will always be those who refuse it. Science will slowly push away the influence of religion but never completely, just like it has for the recent years.
Even if the human race somehow finds out the answer to all of our questions about the universe, we will continue to have religion, because of religions superstitious unfalsifiable beliefs such as prayer, faith healing, God, hell, heaven, afterlife, spirits, souls, angels, demons, the devil, etc. Religion will continue to sprout scientific and intellectual illiteracy.
Science, this all-pervasive, all-knowing discipline of man is not as all powerful as it appears. People now days look to science to tell them the answers to all of their questions, and unfortunately many of them science simply can't answer. One of these questions is "Does God exist?".
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Science is imperfect. It cannot measure "truth" or "prove" anything. It can only build structural support for a fallible model to explain what is being seen. Unfortunately, too may people today don't recognize this and see science as the end-all, be-all of truth, which it's not. So they lend their support to anything and everything that science can have a say in, even if it's incorrect, and they run with it. Some have done this to the point of no longer seeing the support, but only seeing the "fact" and have thus turned a theory into a belief. So, no, science will never entirely replace religion. It will either restrict where we can see "God" or whatever supernatural being you believe in or it will vie with other religions and become a new organized belief system in-and-of itself, (which very well could be had if "scientific atheism" continues on the path that it is), but it can and will never answer everything.
So why, then, is science incapable of predicting whether there exists a God or not? Your answer is because the realm of "God" is that of "beliefs" and beliefs are not scientific. To be more explicit, science can only measure what has natural applications in a physical world. The belief in God resides in an existential level of "supernatural" in a "metaphysical" world. There is no theory that can accurately test whether a supernatural being exists because we do not have access to a supernatural world. (By all means though, if you can find a Stairway to Heaven and let some of our scientists run some tests up there, then we could get some more conclusive results. :) )
Although religion and science overlap to some extent, but they are not the same thing. Science will continue to tell us more about the naturality and will explain more myths which we don't understand now and explain them by religion. However, religion also tells us moral values, world views and the meanings to life, all of which make us have a meaningful life and will never be replaced by religion.