Two Opposing Powers

1619 WordsJul 13, 20187 Pages
I recently read two articles concerning the topics of science and religion. Chet Raymo, author of Miracles and Explanations, offers insight on how science and religion are closely related while David Ludden, author of “Teaching Evolution at a Christian College”, declares that science and religion are too contradicting from one another and that people are unwilling to open their minds to new ideas once they have established their beliefs (Raymo & Ludden, 2011). This is a topic that has had controversy surrounding it for an innumerable amount of years dating back to ancient times when the Catholic Church ruled Europe to present times where we have to decide if we want our children learning about Darwin’s theory of evolution because it might…show more content…
Mr. Ludden closes by stating one strategy science teachers use to capture the interest of their students. He uses the analogy of a drug pusher giving away drugs for free until the client is hooked and then starts charging them for more. He states that this method doesn’t work because science doesn’t produce the high religion does and that at the end of the day it is up to the student to decide whether they want to accommodate science with their faith (Raymo & Ludden, 2011, p. 702-704). Mr. Raymo uses a Rogerian style in his writing because he is trying to build common ground in his argument. He starts by talking about miracles and how we are taught fake stories when we are young. This is something majority of people can relate to. Then he explains how as we get older we acknowledge these miracles as lies because we disprove them scientifically. He also mentions that the concepts of science are miracles and based on that scientists form theories. So far his reasoning is logical. This helps his argument because more people will appeal to logical reasoning. He also provides strong evidence of religion and science working together when he writes about the experiment done on the Shroud of Turin. The Church officials allowed three distinct labs to use carbon dating to discover the age of the cloth. The findings were supported by the Church, and Pope John Paul II went on to speak of the relationship of science and religion,
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