Can Religion and Science Coexist?

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Can Religion and Science Coexist? Gabrielle Berger Is it possible for science and religion to coexist? In both The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Man Who Fell to The Earth, the idea of science versus religion is questioned. The films show that our world is rapidly changing and how society reacts to events during those specific times by questioning spiritual faith. Certain sounds that are heard throughout both movies allow us to feel the tone that each movie tries to relay. These sound effects help the viewers understand moments of tension, fear, desperation, peacefulness, to name a few. In addition, certain cinematic techniques that portray quick cuts, long and complex scenes, and much more allow viewers to explore the relationship…show more content…
In addition, having the film set in Washington D.C. symbolizes a post war and ideological struggle site. It was the most vulnerable place on our planet during that period and needed the most help. The Man Who Fell To The Earth brings people the scientific knowledge of possible life outside of our own world. Though a time period is never indicated in the movie, it is clear through the apparent technology and social trends that it is taking place in a time full of advancements. This idea creates a movement toward scientific insight and its fascinating appeal. Both films cinematic techniques are regarded as creating an examination of the existence of science and religion. Roeg plays no favorites between the camera movement and cutting. One moment may be a quick cut and another a long and complex cut. This depicts to the audience what the world is like. It elicits an emotional response in the viewers mind, and allows them to feel what the film is trying to portray. Both the cuts and the music together create a tone for the tension and allow us to feel religion and science as a working belief system. However, in The Man Who Fell To The Earth, the cinematic techniques allow us to feel the emotions that are portrayed. For example, in the scene where Thomas’ loved ones are shown, the music, editing, lighting, and sound create a sense of sorrow and sadness. It creates a memory for
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