Essay by shab1824 March 2014

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The intrinsic features of the two make them incompatible although there are religionists among scientists, those who keep them separate and give to God what is God's and to Caesar what is his. In a world in which we are assailed by problems that we have created unwittingly by the use of the power of science, it is imperative that we hold fast to our faith dimension lest we are completely bewildered by what is happening around us. In this sense, the greater the advance of science, the more the need for religion; one should not retreat in the wake of the other. Science and religion belong to two different realms and there is not the need to reconcile the two. Underlying every religion is a set of truths, some of them incomprehensible and inexplicable. In science no truth is final; a scientific conclusion can be improved upon. These features should condition our attitude towards them.

Science should take cognizance of an order of things, and in particular, an order of Nature. Religion aims at an awareness of the whole while science analyses parts of the whole and discovers certain truths about the parts. Both science and religion are necessary; in fact they should and can co-exist, for the one cares for the human soul and the other the human body. In a material world, man is sure to have a hankering after spirituality. Their roles must be complementary. Man obsessed with the material things in the world is bound to reach a stage when he looks for things that are beyond what lucre can bring; he will look for spiritual satisfaction, the nourishment of the soul. The two may be at conflict, but man will find the need for religion, however wealthy he may be. Religion and science...