Science and Religious Myths Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at man's attempts to reconcile science and religion.
# 150747 | 1,843 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2012 in Religion and Theology (General) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper examines man's need to understand the world around him using both science and religion. First, the paper notes that the scientific model and religious myth are both based on the relationship of causality. Additionally, the paper introduces the concept of the religious model, further demonstrating how it differs from myth and the scientific model. The paper also argues that scientific models in their entirety are much more dynamic than religious models or religious myths. Various works by philosophers, theologians and scientists are cited. Their outlooks are compared and contrasted to one another. The paper concludes by stating that a scientific model can be easily changed if evidence shows that some of the information is not correct. With religious myths, however, much evidence is not taken into consideration, especially in the case of sacred myths.

From the Paper:

"Another interesting characteristic is the fact that scientific models in their entirety are much more dynamic than religious models or religious myths. For example, a scientific theory that finds itself contradicted can be improved, with new theories being added to change its explanatory course or it can be discarded altogether if evidence against it is strong enough. The author argues that this does not usually occur in the case of religious myths, such as Christian myths (the author gives the example of God as a shepherd), which are much more traditionalist and often impossible to change.
"There are reasons to argue against this difference and discuss that it probably also depends on the temporal life of the myth. As a personal opinion, a myth in its early stages of development is probably much more influential and can indeed be changed according to the way the respective religion is adopted by people. Using the same example of Christianity, the initial Christian myths easily adopted myths of Eastern inspiration, such as myths that belonged to Mithraism simply because the new religion could be better promoted to people and adopted by new categories of Christian believers."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • McGrath, Alister. 1998. Science and Religion: An Introduction. Wiley - Blackwell.
  • Eliade, Mircea. 1963. Myth and Reality. Trans. Willard R. Trask. New York: Harper & Row,

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