Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Science and Religion

Let's say you happen to pick up a Biology textbook. You flick open the first page of a chapter on bodily movement and support. The first paragraph says:

"The ability to move from one place to another is a gift from God to humans and most animals. Imagine what our daily lives would be like without the capacity to move."

Now you flick through the entire chapter, and you find that it concludes by reminding the reader to be grateful to God and take care of His gift.

a) If the above would provoke a reaction from you, what would it be and why?

Would you think nothing of it? Or say "Amen" and give thanksgiving? Roll your eyes and look for a less preachy work? Demand that the reference to a monotheistic, JCI God be accompanied by the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

b) Would your reaction differ depending on where the textbook came from? Why or why not?

For example, you might base your judgment on whether the country of origin is professed to be secular or not. Or maybe you think science is science wherever it is and hold firm to whatever view you have.

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