Science and religion represent two great systems of human thought. In modern times, science has set up its landmark, has invaded into our daily life. Even so, man has been fundamentally religious. Religion is the predominant influence over the conduct of human affairs. Science impinges on the lives through technology. Even so, many people remain untouched from scientific principles.
Both science and religion aim at exploring the unknown truth lies with the creation of universe, life, nature. Religion searches for a deeper meaning to life.
Scientists are also searching for a meaning by finding out more about the way the universe is put together and how it works, about the nature of life and consciousness. Scientists can supply the raw material from which religious beliefs may be fashioned. No religion that bases its beliefs on demonstrably incorrect assumptions can expect to survive very long.
Both science and religion have two faces: the intellectual and the social. Science attempts to alleviate the miseries of disease and drudgery and to provide an array of gadgetry for our entertainment and convenience. It has also spawned horrific weapons of mass destruction.
Religion has lost its social face. Religion has been institutionalized. Religious zeal has been channeled into violent conflict perverting man’s normal tolerance and unleashing barbaric cruelty. The history of Europe is littered with the corpses of those slain because of minor doctrinal differences. Most religions extol the virtues of love, peace and humility. Religion has caused many wars, has entertained European witch-craze.