It has already been proven the Big Bang did occur (microwave radiation evenly spread about the universe, as well as Edwin Hubble's observations of the expanding universe), though the action which initiated it is still in question.
To compare religion to science is, for lack of a better word, blasphemy. The only commonality with science and religion is that they both start with two strings of information: what is known, and what is unknown.Originally Posted by Chubz
Science has a valid approach of determining the unknown through the use of known facts. Religion does not. Instead, religion involves making assumptions with no means to prove said assumptions. Can you honestly point to something OTHER than rhetoric to give you an answer for how the Earth, or the universe, for that matter, were created? What about souls? How can you define their existence, or even test their existence? How about evolution? There's plenty of evidence to support the fact of evolution, but all evidence to support the Old Testament fails (even Noah's Ark has been discovered to be an ancient Sumerian story related to a barge/ferry operator that was carrying a small quantity of livestock during a flash flood, not as the Biblical account records it).
That is not what I said. I have stated that INTELLIGENCE drives men to follow laws. Laws are the constructs of men, from the basic morality we derive from not wanting to be treated a certain way, to the laws we develop to support the government we have constructed.Originally Posted by Chubz
When intelligence is lacking, an individual can only be controlled by an external force, a source of retribution for not behaving to the code they cannot comprehend or choose not to follow. Law enforcement has been that tool to an extent, but in places where no law is available, religion has been the primary tool.
It is also the tool in ensuring the survival of its followers, hence the practice of only eating kosher meats (meats that would not spoil in poor storage conditions in desert environments, or from animals who contract disease that passes easily from one species to another-such as H5N1).
Notice these laws were not truly derived from God's will, but simply the observation of the priests which WROTE God's law, practicing a crude form of the scientific method.
I did not say that religion governs itself. However, I am referring to religion as an individual entity because it is-the concept of religion is a separate, unique idea that is unrelated to anything man has ever created before. You cannot link religion to explain effectively how a Ford Mustang's 351 Cleveland engine produces torque, nor can you use religion to explain why the seasons change (not anymore, at least, since only a small percentage of the Earth's population don't believe the Earth revolves around the sun on an uneven axis).
The scientific method, however, can be tied into everything, and in fact, is simply a way to express the inherent rational processes of the human mind as a separate entity, or an alias if you will.