Science-religion controversy

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A cosmic chemistry stylized “do science and god mix?” banner from (Ѻ), featuring videos from aplogeticist scientist John Lennox, indicative of the science vs religion controversy, which dates back to Goethe (1809) and the Heraclitus-Parmenides (c.450BC) being vs non-being debate, historically.
In science, the science-religion controversy refers to tensions between established religion and modern science. The 2009 view of the controversy is summarized well by American neurologist Robert Burton: [1]

“The science-religion controversy is rooted in talk of afterlife, soul, higher powers, muses, purpose, reason, objectivity, pointlessness, and randomness.”

The fact that there is a debate is a bit ironic, being that the modern religions of the world were founded by Egyptian scientists: astronomers, biologists, chemists, and geologists, who formulated the corpus of Ra theology (or the Ab-ra-ham-ic and B-ra-hma-ic religions, in modern sense). The fact that people are so detached from their religious roots and historical details of religions seems to be the central problem.

The start dated of the debate can be assigned to the publication of Polish astronomer Nicholas Copernicus’ 1543 On the Revolution of the Heavenly Orbs, which overthrew the geocentric model of the universe and replaced it with the heliocentric model.

The start date for the modern controversy can be assigned to the 1874 to 1875 Tyndall-Stewart-Tait debate originating out of growing controversy over the teaching of science at the Catholic University in Ireland, but one that grew to encompass leading scientist, such as James Maxwell, expressing their deeply hidden views on questions of life, death, and the soul in relation to the findings of modern physical science, such as evolution and thermodynamics.

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1. (a) Burton, Robert. (2008). On Being Certain: Believing Your are Right Even When You are Wrong (pgs. 188-95). St. Martin’s Press.
(b) Harris, Sam. (2010). The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Moral Values (pg. 129). Free Press.

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