All of science, Now with Purpose

I don’t think Science and Religion are at odds with each other. I think God could have used the Big Bang and evolution to get us where we are.

But what religion does for science is give it all purpose. What is the point of all this spinning matter and energy?

For me, Religion tells me that this web of synapses and garment of skin are meant for something. Somebody wants this bag of skin and bones to be here. Someone built these hands to pet dogs and peel oranges. And to hold my brothers’ babies. And these ears to hear the voice of my father on the phone. He gave me these strange and intricate gelatin eyeballs to take in the beautiful way the power lines swoop over the hill, through the perfect canal carved through the trees beside the highway, fading into the distance of the gray twilight. And to feel small. And to feel loved.

What is the use of this spinning ball of beauty, if none of it has a purpose? Religion, despite all it’s ugly politics and everything we’ve made it, gives us a purpose.

Please share your moments of beauty. And what makes it hard for you to believe.

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6 Responses to All of science, Now with Purpose

  1. Brooke says:

    Ross! I love this!! I was a bio major in college and my classes often lead me to marvel and worship at what it takes for a body (even just one cell!) to function. It’s so wonderfully complex and intricate. “Fearfully and wonderfully made ” sounds about right.

  2. Joel says:

    Because of Galileo and modern controversies over evolution, people tend to assume that religion and science have always been in conflict, but this is kind of a myth. In the Middle Ages, people believed that because the universe was created by God with structure and purpose, it could be observed to discern how it worked. A lot of historians agree that this is one of the things that led to the development of modern science. They did not have the modern scientific method (neither did the ancient Greeks or anyone else), but they believed that God had given nature laws and we could study it find them – it was called “natural philosophy.” Our university system started in the Middle Ages too.

    Now, modern science as we know it today took many centuries to develop, and history is complex so we can’t say it was solely due to Christianity. And one does not need to believe in God to be a good scientist. But Christian society helped lay a foundation.

  3. Brooke O says:

    ay ay ay! where to start…one of my favorite topics in my science classes was gene expression.

    Not every cell in the body expresses every gene in the genome within. There are a lot of different mechanisms which can turn certain genes on/off, depending on about a million different circumstances.

    For example, the concentration of sugar in the blood is a signal to cells in the liver to produce insulin. But those cells are only able to detect the blood sugar because they have special receptors on the outside which help to detect the sugar. Those cells have the special receptors because the genes for that receptor in those specific cells are turned ‘on.’ cool, huh?

    (I hope I succeeded in putting all that in laymen’s terms!)