Religion is Scientifically Irrelevant

I have recently come to the conclusion that religion is in fact irrelevant to science. Every major religion since man begun has been logically erroneous. To say that the religious view of the history of the universe is factually correct is impossible. There is no evidence for it, and there is certainly a lot of evidence against it. Just for starters, Christianity told us that the universe as we know it was created in 7 days, with all species coming about in one week. This has been disproved. Many Christians believe that it was a metaphorical passage, but the fact is that can’t be known and is really just a poor defense. Religion is simply wrought with factual inaccuracies. For this reason religious views on the physical world should not be followed because in science only the verifiable ideas become truth.

Another reason that religion is irrelevant to science is that every time they come up with a theory, the true processes are revealed by science and then they continue to say that in fact God designed that process. For example, first Christianity taught that man was created from dust, then we discovered that he evolved from a different species, so Christianity went back and said oh, well God created natural selection to create humans. But here we realize that we never should have put stock in religion in the first place because as stated before, there is no evidence for it. The point here is that religious ideas on the history of the universe are by definition unscientific. For this reason, they cannot be valued as “true” in the conventional sense of the word. What does that mean for religion exactly? It depends. If religion is trying to promote itself as valid in a scientific sense, it needs to stop doing this. The fact is that religious theories cannot be scientific because they cannot be proven. However, if religion instead is trying to promote itself as a way of life then nothing changes. This is the point that I think a lot of religious people miss. Religion is never going to be correct in a scientific sense. After we accept this, we can look at religion for what it’s actually good for. Religion can be a good way to put your mind at ease about the unknown. Religion can be a great sense of community and a source of volunteer work. However, when we start asserting our religion as the only real truth, we get things like the crusades and the inquisitions. Both of these examples were born of men thinking that they were ultimately right. This kind of religion must stop, and hopefully it will prevent future calamities.

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3 comments on “Religion is Scientifically Irrelevant
  1. rautakyy says:

    I completely agree.

    However, religion may actually affect science and rarely in a beneficial way. – I say rarely, since I can not think of any such incident, but there could be one, so I wish not to be exclusive. But religions affect science in a very harmfull way. At first level when religious ideals cause a scientist to view the evidence through incorrect or made up premises. On second level when the general public has trouble to understand scientific research results because these often contradict the traditionally religiously motivated world view. Or on third level when the religious institutions start campaigning against scietific evidence, and try to affect politics and even science itself trhough politics.

    Religions are sociological constructs researched through scientific methods, and in that sense they are also the subject of science.

    Ultimately as education and knowledge of the true state of the universe and existance grows, religions diminish and their explanations of reality are transferred from the realm of unquestioned truths into the realm of metaphors and as metaphors they need to be examined according to the natural ethics. A test they all too often fail. The gods of the gaps are escaping into diminishing gaps at an increasingly rapid pace. Because of science.

  2. Steven Clear says:

    As I see it, there really is no conflict within the scientific community concerning religious hypotheses. A true scientist, meaning one who waits to form a conclusion until the evidence has been analyzed, does not accept unjustified theories. Religious claims to knowledge are scientifically unjustified because they have not been examined according to the scientific method. If and when they are put through the rigors that all scientific theories must go through, they fail.

    I think the hang-up occurs when believers lack even a basic understanding of how science works. Without a proper understanding of the process of science, they view the conclusions that science produces in the same manner that they view their religion. It is just something we believe.

    In fact this is obviously not the case. These are two different ways of forming an opinion concerning what is true. Religious people think that knowledge or truth is based on belief or unbelief, and non-religious people think that knowledge or truth must be based on fact and evidence. I am an atheist because I chose the later.

    Religion will always fail the scientific test, so quite comically, it is going to have to evolve. Whenever a population or nation improves its science education, that population becomes less religious. This can be proven. In the U.S., we have not done this largely because religious leaders are aware of this fact, and disrupt the science curriculum. E.g. The Discovery Institute.

    They are not trying to learn anything, they are trying to keep the next generation from learning out of some sort of perverted attempt at self-preservation.

    I could go on, but that’s enough for now.

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