Science is the principle of logic; it is solidified facts. There is no room for faith or spirituality. Religion formulates answers without proof to find deeper meanings to life’s questions. It is the unification of people, rather than proven truth. These two communities have both obtained massive followings, and have practically divided the world’s population into two separate belief systems. The film Contact addresses this rivalry by exploring the power of faith, and what humankind will do to protect their beliefs. Contact offers no clear answer to which side is just, but leaves that for the viewer’s discretion. Would it ever be possible for both scientific and religious communities to benefit from each other’s presence? After viewing the film Contact, it is logical to believe that it is impossible to sustain a productive relationship between the scientific and religious communities of modern times. First, both religion and science have faith in their own beliefs, but refuse to show understanding in each other’s ideologies. Furthermore, science is so tightly focused on the expansion of knowledge and religion is so dedicated to acceptance in what we know, that is impractical for either side to assist each other. Finally, religion can be fanatic, and occasionally directly opposes the goals of science, which prefers a more level and unbiased look at the universe. Religion and science refuse to show understanding each other’s faiths. Firstly, towards the end of the movie, the World Council refuses to take Ellie’s story as truth. For example, the council asks, “…you expect us to take this on faith?” Ironically, this statement comes from a representative of religion. Considering religion is strictly based upon the acceptance of faith, this statement is hypocritical and emphasizes the struggle between the two communities. Furthermore, Ellie appears to have an almost spiritual faith in the alien designs, but also denies the faith of those who are religious, and refuses to listen to various fanatics. For example, she often states not to change the designs of the alien machine, but when she was challenged by religious fanatics opposing her, she refused to give them any benefit of the doubt, and only kept her faith in the science she knew. Although Ellie is overwhelmingly humanistic, she has the ability to share faith in beings she has no knowledge of, but lacks faith in those who are religious, which highlights the underlining prejudice between the two groups. Finally, Palmer and Ellie’s relationship showcases the tension between the lack of faith that each community has for each other. For instance, Palmer’s book reads, “The one thing people are hungry for, meaning, is the one thing science hasn't been able to give them.” This statement suggests that mankind can never rely in science for a meaning to life, opposing what little faith can be held in science. Religion is the belief of acceptance in what we know, which science opposes with the expansion of knowledge. Firstly, this film shows the lengths that mankind is willing to go to protect their inner beliefs. For example, the suicidal attack on the first machine was committed for in order to protect “Christian beliefs” and “so mankind would not be tainted” as the terrorist stated in his suicide video. This was a direct attack against the principles of science and the expansion of knowledge; an exemplar of the hatred, that divides belief and proof, can do. Hereafter, the success that the IMC team had with the production of the first machine was heavily protested, and their ethics were questioned. For instances, at the banquet Ellie attended, protesters stood on the side, accusing her of being a disgrace, and judging her as a human. Rather than basking in the lorry that mankind had achieved up to this point, religion directly opposed the newfound knowledge of alien production with the ideology that it was not in God’s will to make it to this point. Lastly, religious figures such…
argue, faith and science have had an unbreakable bond from the beginning of the universe’s existence. It’s been proven that some of the world’s greatest scientist looked to greater beings to give meaning to their profound work. The idea of science being interconnected faith is one that even those who do not believe have acknowledged readily. With that being said, it is clear that the world of faith has given purpose to those great minds. Because of this, I whole-heartedly believe that science is the…
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10, King James Version)
The Religious Industry - composed of 14 major religion’s - make an estimated 98 billion dollars every year. It is estimated that 71 billion dollars in tax breaks are given to the industry. The religious industry lures its…
English 111 FJW21
22 February 2015
Farewell to Manzanar:
A democracy is more than just a set of specific government rules, it rests upon a well-understood group of values, attitudes, and practices all of which may take different forms and expressions among cultures and societies around the world but stand as one. America abandoned principles when they forced Japanese citizens out of their homes and to run down and unsafe camps with false promises surrounded…
Film reflection of “Contact”
The film focuses on a female scientists Ellie who believed in science pursuing scientific answers, in the story she firmly believed that there is life on other planets. She broke through many difficulties and eventually visited “other planets.” In a short visit, she passed many time-spaces, saw the beautiful and vast space world, and saw her father. But when she tried to prove herself what she saw and heard after she woke up, she could not find…
Why believe? Why faith?
Arguments for God entail belief that is beyond reason. While any other belief about reality requires justification and evidence to support it, belief in God is beyond evidence. How can everything in reality be understood with reason and then have God, the author of our universe, be outside of such apprehension?
Not all things in reality are understood through reason. While we try to quantify and neatly organize reality into easily understood theorems and categories,…
Michael Button 2014
GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS MICHAEL BUTTON.
Confirmation is an affirmation of the promise we made at Baptism, which is to believe and follow the Triune God only- I learned that in confirmation class.
My faith and the love that my Lord shines on me every day is the most important part of my life, I love my Lord very much and He takes care of me and I put all of my trust in Him;
My faith is very important to me; it’s what gets me through the day. The truth of the…
Analytical Reading & Writing –Question 5: How do faith and reason contribute to an understanding and appreciation of life and the universe?
For many people around the world, faith and reason both contribute to a broader understanding and appreciation of life and the universe. Before going deeper into the question, ‘faith’ and ‘reason’ needs to be defined so that there is a better understanding of what they mean. ‘Faith’ is when an individual has a strong belief in someone with higher power, be…
UNIX/Linux versus Mac versus Windows Outline
UNIX/Linux versus Mac versus Windows Outline
When dealing with computers that people use daily, especially over the Internet, security becomes a major issue. There are many threats to computers that can cause physical damage to system components, compromise sensitive information, infect software, and even affect e-mail. These threats come in many forms and have been around since the implementation of operating systems. These threats include viruses…
allow the patient to observe their practices when possible to encourage healing. Comparison and contrast will be discussed in this paper from the Christians perspective versus those of Buddhist, Muslims, and Native American Spirituality faiths.
Practicing healthcare in a diverse clinical setting brings the health care worker into contact with many different people from varying cultural and spiritual backgrounds. Embracing the differences in religious observations and allowing practice of valued spiritual…