The Ongoing Struggle: Faith vs. Science

belief-factsMany believers are feeling considerable discomfort related to the current TV series entitled “COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey” — an outstanding presentation hosted and narrated by well-known physicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. The program is an updated version of the television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyagewhich was presented in 1980 by Carl Sagan (deceased 1996).

To the devout, this documentary is a blasphemy against their Creator-God since it is based on “science” — a nefarious, liberal, secular agenda whose sole purpose is to turn people from god (quote by Brandon Fibbs at FaithStreet.com).

In truth, Science is an objective, methodological tool that uses reason and evidence to study the world around us. Unfortunately, these two words are often missing from the vocabulary of many believers. They prefer the word FAITH. For them, the words from a book written centuries ago by unknown authors carries much more weight than the experiments and observations made today by astrophysicists, astronomers, cosmologists, etc.  They prefer to cling to the old adage, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.”

Probably the biggest difference between Faith and Science is that science is always asking, always seeking, always yearning to know more. It is never satisfied with the status quo. Religion, on the other hand, is static, preferring to cling to traditions and doctrines established by individuals who lived in vastly different times and under widely different circumstances.

For some, Faith may have the answers … but Science asks the questions.

The Appeal of Sarah Palin

Carl Sagan once observed:

All of us long for a competent, uncorrupt, charismatic leader. Preferably someone who is attractive, commanding, patriotic, and exuding leadership.

We leap at the opportunity to support, to believe, to feel good.

Now we know why Sarah Palin has such appeal. As many of us knew all along, it has absolutely nothing to do with her abilities, experience, or skills.

Carl Sagan certainly had a grasp of human nature.