Fundamentally, people follow a religion, whatever that religion is, because they believe it to be in some way true. They may believe this because throughout their childhood their parents and others whom they respected said it is important to be devoted to this religion. Or, in later life, they may have become convinced of the truth of the religion by a charismatic preacher.
Many people of faith become so devoted to their religion that it becomes part of their identity. He or she may feel that the most important part of his or her very existence is the fact of being a Jew, Christian, Muslim or Hindu, etc. When religion is part of someone's self-identity, facts no longer matter.
Quick answer by a contributer: Because what we know of science does not explain everything, and many findings are largely influenced by opinions and motives of the scientists or the institutions they work for. There is much more that the scientific community does not know about the universe than there is that they are absolutely sure about. Where-as religion, explains our beginning, our purpose, and our future.
"Why" has never been what modern science is dealing with. Modern science looks for the "HOW", while philosophy/religion try to answer your "WHY". For almost 2500 years now all philosophers have tried to answer the big questions: what is reality, what is our purpose here etc. Each one of them had his own opinion, but they all showed the same thing: that the ultimate truth may be that we have a higher purpose in life, maybe that there is a God, maybe that there isn't! Nobody really reached a safe conclusion, so trying to just cast a shadow over "religion" with such a simple question for such a complicated matter won't work - at least not for me. There are valid logical arguments in favour of the existence of a God - just to mention the theory about the "First Cause" and the Godels logical proof and remind everyone that he was the greatest mathematitian and logician of all times after Aristotle! So again, this is not such an easy issue to answer lightly!
If one says that "Science has proved that God doesn't exist" or that "Science has found that we have no purpose in life" - I would ask him WHY we read and we like poetry or WHY we strive for creation, or why we may give our lifes for dignity or why we do so many other things we do!
Science has explained many things, but mainly the "HOW" of these things. We are beginning to find out how the brain works, but modern science does not even bother to answer the big question "WHY" is works that way. We still haven't found the way to battle flu, so saying that we have discovered the meaning or - worst - the non-existence of purpose of our lifes is rather arrogant in that perspective... _______________">_______________
Science_and_religion_are_2_different_things.">Science and religion are 2 different things. Even now religion is more a fit in commercial process and the real faith and belief and truth is gone.
One God from whichever direction one chooses to look.
maybe we are just a test planet and our real aim is to return to from whence we came.
peace solitude truth and God.
material is undoing of natural.
look at all the trees that are gone.
For the most part it comes down to the fact that religious people will raise their children to believe what they believe, so it is a repeating cycle.
The Coordination of Science and Religion (COSAR) with the Truth of Reality is exquisitely embedded throughout The Urantia Book. The Urantia Papers emphasize that religion and science are not two antagonistic views of reality; they are views of two aspects of reality, those aspects being the personal and impersonal natures of God. The bumper sticker you may have seen lately "In the Beginning, God Created Evolution" demonstrates the increasing consciousness of our Cosmic Citizenship and a healthy respect for science (COSAR expressed on a bumper sticker). The COSAR Principle as described in Up Close and Personal with The Urantia Book - Expanded Edition addresses this with a great degree of satisfaction.
I am a Christian. I strongly disagree with the above. Eventually, science will catch up to the fact that God exists. They just are not there yet. The Universe revolved around the Earth, the world was flat, what science thought was correct yesterday, is not necessary correct today. The one thing that never changes is the Word of God ( The Bible ). Heaven and Earth may pass away but Jesus' word's will never pass away.
Religion connects you to the majority of mankind, past and present. No ancient society ever existed that did not believe in the supernatural. Those who dismiss belief may be compared to an astronaut floating away from the lifeline.
1) Religion may assist you in overcoming peer pressure.
2) Religion will often add to your self-discipline, whose lack has led our society to epidemic obesity, drunkenness, depression and ennui, divorce rates, violence etc.
3) Religion may provide you with a whole additional layer of education.
4) Religion may provide emotional fortitude, helping one overcome hardships.
5) Religion will provide a sense of identity and a community, with its ambiance and mutual help.
6) Religion provides a life and a sense of purpose.
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A branch of Religious history deals with dead religions. You also run across the subject in Archaeology, Ancient History, Comparative Religion, and a few other areas.Science deals with ideas that can be tested. No one can devise a test that people can use to measure the ideas used by ancient religions.Another PerspectiveScience could well be called the record of dead religions for all the "religious" mysteries it has answered. Remember that most religions grew out of humankind's inability to explain the world around it.
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