Science and religion in the modern world - 01
Jan 27, 2006 10:14 AM
In his novel "Angels and Demons", Dan Brown, through the character
of the camerlengo, speaks about his views on the relevance of
science and religion to the modern world. I have attempted to
paraphrase the relevant portions of Chapter 94, but would like the
readers to refer to the original passages for better understanding
the meaning and context of the words.
As a citizen of the world who is more religious than scientific, I
agree with the view that science provides no accountability. At
the same time, I think it would be interesting to know the views
of the readers of this forum on the points raised by Dan Brown.
1. Science might have facilitated our life and health, but it has
taken away the wonders of life: sunsets have come to be perceived
as wavelengths and frequencies; the mysteries of the universe have
been reduced to mathematical equations; even the self-worth of
humans has been demolished.
2. The technology that seems to unite us actually divides us. We
might be collected electronically across the globe, yet we are
alone. Violence, division, fracture, betrayal and skepticism have
become the new values of modern life, and cynicism and demand for
proof the paths of the seeker. Nothing is sacred before science.
As science probes deeper and deeper into God's creations in a
divide-and-conquer manner, it raises only more questions than it
3. The ancient war between science and religion is over, and
science has won, though not fairly. In the radical reorientation
of our society today, the old signposts of religion have become
meaningless. In the virus-like and exponential growth of science,
we are spinning out of control as our faiths are left behind, with
the result, we have started seeking spiritual truths in UFOs and
channeling. The modern soul is lonely and tormented, as it accepts
no meaning in anything beyond technology.
4. Science is destroying, not saving us. The church might have
tried to slow the unremitting march of science, occasionally with
misguided means, but its intention has always been of benevolence.
Look around you and understand that science has only brought in
chaos and pollution, its promises never being kept.
5. Science, that seeks to replace God today, lacks accountability.
It never warns us about the bad part of its technology. And when
technology overshoots its benevolent mark and threatens to destroy
the world, it is the church, the Pope, who tours around nations,
calling for restraint. And yet science proclaims the church is
ignorant and spurns it, whenever it tries to reach out to the
people affected by science.
6. Actually it is science which is more ignorant: in the same way
that the man who pays scant respect for the awesome power of
lightning is more ignorant than the man who respects it but cannot
define lighning. When science looks at the heavens through its
telescopes and proclaims that the slightest change in the atomic
levels of the universe would have rendered it as a lifeless mist,
can't it find the hand of God in this grand scheme of life and
matter? Believing in mathematical impossibility rather than a
greater power signifies only spiritual bankruptcy.
7. If science does not believe in God, it must at least belive
that when it abdicates its faith in a greater power, it abandons
the sense of accountability, which creates only chaos and
destruction. Whereas faith, all faiths, insist on accountability:
to each other, to ourselves and to a higher truth, which is why it
is voice of guidance to the common people to their simple souls,
even though the faiths and its followers might be flawed.
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