As I walked into church Sunday, I assumed that the weekly ritual would be like any other. The congregation would hear and agree with the chosen passage of the Bible and how it can be put to work in this modern-day world.
Now we all know what happens when people assume - it never ends the way you predict.
Let me start by saying that although I was visiting a Baptist church, I was raised Catholic. In support of my boyfriend and his family, who I hold dear, I attend church with them on a regular basis. I don’t find this unusual in the least because I know they would do the same for me.
Having said that, I always walk into church with an open mind, understanding that their views may not completely mine. There is no harm in that because, honestly, I believe that the most educated people in this world are not the ones who push their own agendas and ideals, but those who open their hearts and minds to the thinking of others.
So on Sunday, I opened my heart and mind to someone else’s ideals. I didn’t walk away in agreement, but I did walk away thinking and discussing all the way home.
In lieu of the weekly sermon, there was a guest speaker, Brother Lester Hutson, a representative of the Christian Law Association.
The main point Hutson drove home with his audience was that the United States government was allowing less and less religious freedoms. However, that was not the part of his speech that intrigued me.
Hutson said he believes that the government is promoting science over religion.
“I look at America today and I see where we are, probably not as well as I ought to see, but we are sliding down a slippery slope,” he said.
Hutson said he disagrees with scientists promoting Darwinism, or the theory of evolution, over religious beliefs about the beginning of the world.
“I believe the world was created by the one and only God,” he said.
This is where the engine in my brain turned on, firing from one cylinder to another.
I will not discuss the argument of how the beginning of the world started, that is much too complicated and I, as a single human being, do not believe that I have the answer.
I do, however, have reservations about the statement Hutson made. If we forsake scientific progress for the sake of religion, what does the world become?
You see, if it wasn’t for scientists like Darwin and his contemporaries, the world would have much more than just the economy heading south.
It is not just evolution and the fact that dinosaurs used to roam the earth that fall under science, it is also the research and discovery that lead to cures for deadly diseases.
Sir Alexander Fleming, recipient of the 1945 Nobel Prize in medicine, discovered penicillin in 1928 while studying the influenza virus. Without this medicine, the world would still have no cure for deadly diseases such as Staph infection.
That medicine was discovered because of science, along with methods that fight cancer and allow organ transplants, which save lives every day. If those scientific minds weren’t created through evolution, they must have been created by God.
So my question is, and has been for years, where do we draw the line between scientific progress and religious ideals?
At some point, the two must diverge or collide in full force.
In his book, Angels and Demons, which is the precursor to the DaVinci Code, Dan Brown has a character by the name of Leonardo Vetra. As a physicist and Catholic priest, Vetra dedicates his life to merging religion and science. In the book, he discovers in his lab at Counseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire, or CERN, how the “big bang” actually occurred. And he is able to tie the scientific thesis to religion.
While Vetra is a fictional character, he should be a role model to all, especially in today’s modern world, of how religion and science can walk side by side, ultimately benefiting humanity.
Isn’t that what Jesus would do?
Erin Cooper is the news editor of the Glen Rose reporter. She can be reached at 897-2282.