The ‘Why’ Question


Instead, Greene said, science and religion can operate in different realms. “Science is very good at answering the ‘how’ questions. How did the universe evolve to the form that we see?” he said.

But it is woefully inadequate in addressing the ‘why’ questions. Why is there a universe at all? These are the meaning questions, which many people think religion is particularly good at dealing with.”

Even as science progresses in its reductionist fashion, moving towards deeper, simpler, and more elegant understandings of particles and forces, there will still remain a ‘why’ at the end as to why the ultimate rules are the way they are,” said Ted Sargent, a nanotechnology expert at the University of Toronto.

This is where many people will find God, and the fact of having a final unanswerable ‘why’ will not go away, even if the ‘why’ gets more and more fundamental as we progress,” he said.

Hujung akal adalah pangkal agama.

HAMKA once said that.

And I think that is very true, as you can read from the quotes above. I was studying biodiversity (for business case) and reading this book – The Business of Biodiversity – whose first chapter intrigues me.

I mean, people might have asked this question earlier, but I haven’t venture into this kind of thing for a long time – after all, I have been accepting without thinking or even studying for myself – that Evolution Theory is not parallel with Islamic teaching.

But can creation i.e. religion and evolution co-exist?

What seems probable to me would give me a ‘yes’, as a few Muslim scholars have agreed to – but I probably need to read more. This is yet to be satisfying.

God surely knows best.

But what if evolution is God’s tool? Darwin never said anything about God. Many scientists—and theologians—maintain that it would be perfectly logical to think that a divine being used evolution as a method to create the world.

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