We Need a Balance
Throughout this past section of determining the relationship between religion and Environmentalism or the relationship between science and Environmentalism, I have come to a realization. I believe that there needs to be a balance between these three different components of religion, science, and Environmentalism. I have learned from reading such articles, â€œFor God So Loved the World,â€? written by Bruce Barcott, and Barbara Kingsolverâ€™s, â€œA Fist in the Eye of God,â€? that both religion and science are important when it comes to the issue of Environmentalism. Science plays an important role by bringing an objective perspective to the table. Through science, we have the power to research and investigate the harm and changes we may possibly be bringing to this Earth of ours. Through science, we can also get a good sense of how to improve our environment. We need knowledge of how the world works and how we are affecting it to really bring about any positive change. With so many advancements today, however, it may be tricky to tell where to draw the line when it comes to science being involved. This is a major reason why religion needs to interact with science as well. Religion brings moral guidance to the table, which is really necessary if we are so concerned about doing what is right for our Earth. Just because science is capable of something, say cloning for example, it is not always appropriate or morally right to do so. Not only does religion provide morals, but the more religion is involved, the more environment will be affected. Barcott talks about how more and more often these days, religions, particularly Christianity, take it upon themselves to initiate concerns for the environment. Christianity believes that it is their duty to take care of the Earth that God so wonderfully created for them. They believe that it is their job to sustain this beautiful creation that God gave to them. To them, it is like taking care of a precious gift that a very beloved friend gave. Overall, these two components, religion and science, are capable of working hand in hand with Environmentalism. Religionâ€™s beliefs initiate its members to view the Earth as a gift that is their duty to protect. This spurs much involvement and interest in helping our world become a better place. Science is also useful in bringing solid research and facts to the table. Both are important and without this balance, it will not be possible for humanity to better protect our environment for thousands of more years to come.
http://www.counterbalance.org/ .....some insight as to how religion and science are connected