Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Science vs. Religion, aka How vs. Why

Usually when religion surfaces in conversation with scientifically-minded friends and co-workers, I find that many rail against spirituality as a crutch for people who aren't intelligent and can't, for example, explain natural phenomenon. Unenlightened humans who attributed lightening to gods are ridiculed, as we in our more enlightened state can now explain how lightning occurs. However, the scientist and the spiritualist are answering two different questions: the former explains how lightening works, whereas the latter explains why it happened, the meaning behind the action. I believe that the "why" question must be answered by every individual, be it atheist, agnostic, or God-fearer.


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