Science versus Religion
By Harry Sivertsen & Steve Redman
Books by Harry Sivertsen & Steve Redman
This article introduces the two intimately related books of over 500 pages each by Harry Sivertsen and Stephen Redman which under the project name of Megalith, Masonry, Myth and Measure are individually titled- 'Deluge:From Genesis to Atlantis' and Measurements of the Gods.
In 1971 Keith Thomas of St. John’s College Oxford published a fascinating book titled Religion and the Decline of Magic. In the course of the work he gave examples of commonalities between the two subjects. Today we have a different debate, not religion versus magic but religion versus science. So how are these two seemingly diverse subjects defined? The word science is ultimately derived from Latin for knowledge, scientia. Hence science can be described as knowledge. Of course given what is generally known as 'the scientific method’ we can add the words 'gained by experiment or experience’ or something similar to 'knowledge’ for a clearer description. However, knowledge is the dominating factor.
Religion on the other hand, as described in 1535 and contained among numerous other similar descriptions in The Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, is seen as: Recognition on the part of man of some higher unseen power as having control of his destiny, and as being entitled to obedience, reverence, and worship… etc.
Yet such a description, while perhaps being suitable for the commonly accepted perceptions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, does not necessarily fit the multitude of beliefs that have blossomed among the worlds cultures. Further to this, the primary arguments of today revolve around the concept of creation ex nihilo or 'out of nothing’ versus the scientific approach of physics and evolutionary biology. Yet while the physics concept of the Big Bang is as well known as Darwin and Wallace’s ideas regarding evolution, the source for the creation side of the argument appears in most arguments to be derived solely from the Biblical account. But from where did this concept arise? Is this a Hebrew construct or can the source be found elsewhere?
Ultimately the creation concept of the primary religions of today is derived from Indic sources, long predating any Hebrew writings. In fact much of the early Bible is drawn from such foundations, but this has passed unrecognised by most.
Religious critics claim that religion is based upon belief and not knowledge, but could not knowledge have led to belief in a similar fashion as scientific endeavour has led to beliefs of a whole variety of types of knowledge in the modern world? Man had to ask questions to arrive at the conclusion that Earth was created, he had to have knowledge to raise those questions. This being the case, religion, as science, is based upon knowledge. Perhaps the knowledge was of a different variety to that today perceived as valid or possibly there is little difference and that lacking the learning that has evolved during the past century man arrived at the only logical answer he could find, an answer that in fact was a very much simplified version of today’s ideas.