The Impact Of Religion On Scientific Thought
Some 2015 years ago an event took place that was to polarize major populations of the World, in the long term. I write of the birth of the person we know as Jesus. At that point, in the Earth’s journey through space, the event would probably passed un-noticed except for events that occurred when the person know as Jesus took the unprecedented step of declaring himself as the son of God. Some 600 years later a traveller from the Yemen happened upon Jerusalem. His name may, or may not have been Mohammed. He observed how the local faith was working and decided that on his return to the Yemen he would promote a similar idea but with subtle changes. These subtle changes have brought about major confrontations between groups having slightly different interpretations of the faith set up in the Yemen as well as confrontations with the groups that follow Jesus’s teaching. These different interpretations, as to which god is the only “God” has been and remains a cause of major hostilities to this day. Crucially, both faiths have a God and/or a prophet who brought humans into life on planet Earth.
Accordingly, at this point in Earth’s journey, there is a strong view, by many millions, that the first man and woman was placed on the Earth by God. There is also a strong view, by millions, that the only religious figure of consequence is Mohamed. Whatever, there is, on Planet Earth, a great divide based on what exactly?
The two faiths have another conflicting force that of Atheism. This then allows several claims to be made with respect to how the Earth, Sun, Moon, the Plants and the Universe came into being. On one hand, God brought Earth, Sun, Moon, the Plants and the Universe into being and, on the other hand the Universe may have been in existence forever and the development of the Earth, Sun, Moon and the Plants was due to the ever changing structure of the universe. Of course, scientists are people of diverse cultures and hence their views on life sciences may have to be rationalised with the culture they live within.
For this series of articles I shall follow the Darwin route that our senses developed over many billions of revolutions of the Earth and that God did not intervene in the creation of our World, the Solar System or the Universe. (To Part 4)