We each have a brain that thinks millions of things a minute. It is the center of our being as far as how we function. It is key to our understanding and comprehension, our speech and recognition. The brain is vital to our ability to process information and grow and learn.
There are people in the realm of science who say that to have religion is to function without using the cognitive reasoning that we have the capacity for. There are people in religion who say you don’t need to understand everything, you just need to have faith. So what we have is a battle between philosophy and science.
I am a Christian, yet I love science and especially mathematics. I find that you cannot have science without philosophy that borders on religion, and you cannot have religion without scientific basis. Let me give you an example of what I mean.
Euclidean geometry is the science upon which most of our lives are constructed. Euclidean geometry is the geometry you learned all the way through high school and maybe into college. It is the basis for construction and architecture and even art. Yet Euclidean geometry is based on a philosophical argument.
In order to have Euclidean geometry you have to be able to prove that ‘these’ are the beginning sets of criteria then you can logically conclude that the end result will be ‘thus’. Rectangles have 90° angles, and triangles have three sides. Yet in order to have Euclidean geometry you have to make one assumption. Given a line and a point not on that line, you have to assume that there is one and only one line through that point that is perpendicular to that line. This cannot be proven. I know, because I’ve tried multiple times, and so have many, many others. All of Euclidean geometry is based on a philosophical argument: it works, therefore it must be true.
Because you cannot prove Euclidean geometry you have to go by faith that the structure you are about to build based on this geometry is going to stand strong. There are, however, a multiplicity of other geometries out there – non-Euclidean geometries – that are equally as valid in terms of their initial assumption and the consequential proofs that follow.
You cannot have science without a bit of faith, but faith is the stuff of religion.
In religion, the basic assumption at the core is that there is a Creator that seeded life on this planet. If we just check our minds at the door we miss that the order of the universe, and even the order of the structure of creatures on this planet create a probability problem as to the chance that these things could possibly have just happened as a result of random events in the history of things. I do not believe in the Creator merely on faith alone – though I have faith. I find that there is more evidence pointing to there being a Creator than there is to everything just happening by chance. Plus, I find that this philosophy/science perspective gives much greater value to us as humans as to our uniqueness among creation.
If you have religion without science, then there is no bedrock of proof to back up your philosophical claims. You prove yourself to be weak minded in the eyes of those who hold more highly to science. Yet you don’t have to be.
I encourage all of you to get to know why your beliefs in the Creator and His Son, Jesus are more valid than the arguments of science as to evolution and atheism. God doesn’t want us to check our minds at the door. He wants us to know why we believe in Him, for he has said in Romans 1:
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.