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I do not know that there is that vast of a difference between religion and science. Each are highly stylized, tightly structured, refined systems of meticulous methodology. Within the two structures, there is a seemingly different function. One consists of a system of conclusions based upon facts, and one consists of a system of conclusions based upon faith, or a belief in that which is unseen.
If not for science, my relationship to the physical models around me would be defect; I’d have no inkling as to how they operated, which evolutionary process they assumed, and what purpose they served in relationship to my emotional existence. The awareness of my emotional existence is what gives me pause when I consider the possibility that science contains the answers that questions about religion beg, such as the common debate about creationism, the existence of God, etc. How large of a grasp does science have on the origin of emotional existence? Studies may be able to lead me to how my body theoretically developed, but they have little ability to explain how my non-physical presence was prompted.
Conversely, religion (and I try to refer to the word as best as I can without citing a specific religion) bears very little content that affords factual and concrete answers to many of life’s larger questions. Most religious books of reference are filled to the brim with contextual analogies, parables, metaphorical parallels, aphorisms, and so on and so forth. Finding the truth that religion propositions involves deciphering its elements through abstract or spiritual “eyes” while keeping its scientific ingredients well in mind in honor of context.
Each is a tool derived to arrive at specific conclusions – each contains truth. The question is to which subjects we should apply the truth found within the two. Which methodology speaks more to us physically and which emotionally or spiritually? And do we honor physical relevance before we honor the latter? It is the balance of emotional, spiritual, and physical relativity that must ultimately be our guide. Only then can we arrive at a conclusion that speaks to us as a whole.