Having just read an article about science versus creationism and what is taught to our children, I felt the need to write my own take on it.
Some may believe that God created the earth, that the bible is the word of God, and that the earth was created in seven days. Some may believe in the big bang theory and in science.
Is it wise to whole-heartedly believe in any one thing? If you are so pro science that you can’t accept the existence of a soul is that too narrow minded? If you’re so pro creationism that you can’t accept dinosaurs roamed the earth is that too narrow minded? Many scientific ‘facts’ can be backed with evidence as can many events in the bible.
Science took over from religion as the main school of thought because of the corruption involved in religion when it gets into the wrong hands. We can still see this today in countries like Senegal where parents send their children to Muslim schools to learn and they spend most of their day on the streets begging to raise money for the teacher. Now not all of the teachers are corrupt but some use their power to get rich and beat the children if they don’t come back with their daily quota. This happens because of the faith in their spiritual teacher. Many Catholic priests, as has been widely reported, have been linked to child abuse of children in their care. This again was trust placed in religion. These are examples of why people turned their back on religion not a yard-stick for religion in general. Religion does many wonderful things in the world, like charity work for example. However, because of the corrupt few, science became a better option for many.
Science has ended up like a religion of it’s own. Some believe in science and if it cannot be scientifically proven then they may not believe it. This seems a little short sighted because science, by its very nature, is about the quest to find answers and is constantly evolving. We will never know everything.
Would it not be better to teach all aspects of spirituality from Christianity to Buddhism to Hinduism, and even to philosophy like Taoism? Would it not also be good to teach science? The important thing would be to acknowledge that every theory can be challenged and may be flawed. Should we not be teaching our children critical thinking rather than blind acceptance?