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more on the science religion debate

Paula J. Schlax pschlax at bates.edu
Sat Feb 13 12:32:16 EST 1999

I think one thing to bring out, if you are interested in continuing the
discussion- is that many times religion and science are asking the same
questions- The why's of something.(Why does a tadpole turn into a frog?
Why does a frog need to go through a tadpole phase?).

Religion and science can both try to answer that question, but I think
that there are different aspects of the questions that they can answer-
A scientist can try to understand the physical rules that allow for the
transformation, or the who's of the process- religion can ask "why these
rules?" or why have frogs at all?

Frequently science moves to the question of how's and who's to
understand the rules- (how does the process work- how does a tadpole fit
in the food chain) and I think the answers science gives us end up with
for the why question is "the rules say so" but they don't explain why
the rules are the way they are....Why not a completely different set of
rules of physics, chemistry and biology?

Just another idea....

"There's nothing the matter with his mind. He just
does things in his own way and in his own time."
 From A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle

Dr. Paula J. Schlax
Department of Chemistry
Bates College
Lewiston ME 04240

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