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Arne Noordegraaf

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Read my words and then tell me if science is a religion or not.

Hej,

So I'll come right out and say it.
Science is a religion.

Why do I believe this to be true?
Because a religion can be a way to live for some, an explanation of life to others.
It is usually also meant to improve living, most religions have goals, end destinations like for example heaven or enlightenment.
One could say it depends on your definition of religion.

Pro's:
Science strives, or at least should strive, to improve life, explore reasoning etc etc.
It is also a way of life by a lot of people these days.
Science is trying to explain life.
Science is often held back by dogma's aswell as some religions are being held back. (in my experience)
Evolution and other scientific theories compete with religions sometimes.
Its one of the thousands of ways of looking at life and explaining it.

Con's:
Its not often that people can have two different religions at the same time, though maybe this is explained by the fact that people don't usually look at science as a religion. (applied on to those with a religion)

I would love to hear more well constructed cons especially, since I am pretty empty here on the con side.
Also pro's would be welcome ofcourse.

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    Jul 30 2011: Science could be categorised as a religion, however, no other religion has as many proofs than that of science. Modern science finds a theory, experiments and tests the theory, and then makes a conclusion as to whether the theory fits the phenomena. Most religions are usually passed down over the last hundreds/thousands of years yet science has always been around, developing technology since the beginning, be it a rock used as a chisel or an international space station.

    Another important point to consider is: Science is the study of chemistry, physics, mathematics and technology. Religion is not a study but more of a philosophy of life and it's origin.

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