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.