Do you feel suffocated when you see atheists constraining the science and religion discussion to ‘creationism’ and ‘intelligent design’?
Creationism is the belief that the earth is very young – about 6000 years old in contrast to science that says it is 4.5 billion years old. Intelligent design is the belief that there is demonstrable evidence that living organisms have been deliberately designed. They have not appeared through chance. They have a designer, a creator. Science – as far as evolutionary theory goes – insists that complex life forms could have emerged through random processes. Life forms are not predesigned. They are open-ended. They are works in progress.
But even evolutionists admit that they do not yet have a viable and demonstrable theory for how the very first life – the DNA molecule – appeared. There was simply not enough time for it to appear by chance on earth. The oldest evidence of DNA is about 3 to 4 billion years old. That means it should have appeared within about the first billion years of earth’s formation. This time frame is far too quick. As a result, some scientists postulate that DNA or RNA molecules might have arrived on earth on an asteroid. As such, these molecules would have had longer than one billion years to evolve.
Once they had evolved, however, and they were in the right environment on earth, complex life would follow.
Should the science and religion discussion be confined like this only to the age of the earth and the appearance of DNA?
Is that all there is to it?
No. The above discussion is just a speck in the entire spectrum. But the media, religious leaders, and skeptics prefer to keep it narrow. Even though there are some disadvantages, overall, it is in their own best interest.
Why? Because expanding the discussion would necessitate the inclusion of Eastern faiths and their possible connections with the Bible and science. This is a ‘disaster’ neither leaders of the Abrahamic faiths nor skeptics want.
Why? Because it would lead to the end of the polarizing controversy and herald a world of harmony, universal spirituality, or agnosticism. Atheism will be intellectually wiped out. Atheism will become the new blind faith, the new fundamentalism, the new ignorance.
These three powerful groups – the media, fundamentalist religious leaders, and militant atheists prefer things just as they are.
They don’t appear to care about the greater good this dialogue would have for the world: Religious wars would end and millions of lives would be saved. Through connecting the world’s faiths and the wide-scale adoption of practices such as yoga, millions more lives will be saved or enhanced. Untreatable illnesses will be mitigated. Stress levels will be reduced. The list of benefits is huge.
But the benefits for the media, fundamentalist religious leaders, and militant atheists will be reduced.
And right now, they’re the ones in power. They are the ones hogging the world stage. They are the ones mostly controlling what we see, hear, and learn.