The mistake we most often make in considering the great debate is that it’s between science and religion – it is not. The great debate is between science of the 21st century and science of the 2nd century.
Religions rose in response to observation and those same observations formed the science of the early centuries. As modes of observation evolved so too did the explanations of natural phenomena as more information came available through deeper observation – thus evolving science. Religions in general remained attached to the earliest tennents as dogma was established, rules of order, penance and restitution gave rise to powerful and wealthy rule makers who could claim these directives came not from themselves but from God himself as revealed both in the natural order of 2nd century physics and biology and of course, through the private visitations to the select few chosen prophets and mediators.
Astrophysicist Bernard Haisch has a wonderful quote, “Advances are made by answering questions. Discoveries are made by questioning answers.” Whether those answers are that a single deity created it all in six days, or that the universe is a mere happening and that life is accidental – they have to be questioned. Maybe we find that God is merely a name given to an underlying intelligent cosmos that continues to create and evolve and each step is the pre-curser to another step which can turn in any direction depending on adaptation for the sake of continued evolution. Maybe there is no pre-determination in the universe but a uniquely tuned response to cause and effect based on moment to moment reactions to advance this very small form of intelligent stitches we call human life in the giant fabric of the cosmos.
I said all that to say this. We are evolving and it is up to us to make choices moment by moment as to which direction we will go. It is not pre-determined, and as wave particle theory suggests, a whole new opportunity opens up the moment we recognize each choice we make as an opportunity to evolve, to change, to help, to find pathos and love.
No matter what we come from, we determine our own path – we can create our own way. This is the second decade of the 21st century. Let’s act like it.