I have no use for “science vs. religion” debates. They are artificially created to get people angry at each other, when there is absolutely no reason.

Whatever divine entity you believe in — whatever “universal intelligence” — is not a stupid being. Any Deity would simply reveal to people what they can understand.

Such a Deity has given humans a marvelous mind that can question and search for the truth. Much has been learned — and many miracles are possible — because of the hard work of people who advance science and technology.

Anyone who believes, for example, that climate change is impossible because it was not presented in the Bible is naive, stupid, or both. The technologies that have made this a concern simply did not exist then. Even the most omnipotent of Deities cannot be expected to warn people of future dangers that don’t yet exist. Such dangers would be hard — if not impossible — to understand. And certainly impossible to fight.

Few things get me as angry as the argument between evolutionists (Darwinian) and creationists. This alleged “problem” was addressed — and resolved – in the 1925 case The State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes.

Scopes was a biology teacher who taught evolution, which the Tennessee Butler Act said was illegal to teach.

Big name lawyers, William Jennings Bryan for the state and Clarence Darrow for the defense, fought this out with a tremendous public following.

There were a lot of appeals, but ultimately, the Butler act was repealed.

I don’t know how many people know any scientists personally. Most people consider me one, for I have certainly done my share of research. Although I do consider myself a doctor, first and foremost, as I put health and well being of the individual first.

Most scientists I have known practice some type of worship. This is most often with their families and one of the common mainstream religions. Sure, a few are atheists or secularists of some sort. But heck, freedom of religion — or lack of it, if chosen — is one of the basic precepts upon which this nation was founded.

If you don’t believe me, go read. For all of these questions, the documents are freely available. Since the advent of the internet, documents are more available than ever. The place we get into trouble, as a nation, is when some people say they will do thinking for others, and expect to be trusted as leaders.

I say no. In America, people have a certain amount of compulsory education. I believe that some — if not most — are literate. I know that we all have — God-given, if you wish — brains, which some of us use piteously little.

Most people who speak to the public have “agendas.” At minimum, always question what somebody who is using the media to address the public expects you to believe — and why. Read and learn all you can and make your own decisions.

Like My-Grandmother-Of-Blessed-Memory said, “Learn all you can. Your learning is not something you will ever have to carry on your back.” My mother added to that,” If you don’t learn as much as you can, you probably will end up carrying things on your back for a living.”

It is naïve to say that the whole of human knowledge must be limited to what was known in Biblical times. If someone wants to deny all the scientific and technological advances since Biblical times, as far as I am concerned, they should seriously consider living in the desert in a tent without air conditioning and working as a shepherd.

I don’t say science and technology are perfect. I do think increased social responsibility — in action and not just in thought — is absolutely crucial. It’s how we make certain that science and technology serve humankind in an ethical and moral way.

Author's Bio: 

I'm The Renegade Doctor because I broke away from the conventional wisdom that keeps doctors overworked, underpaid, and chronically miserable.

Estelle Toby Goldstein, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is licensed to practice in the state of California. She holds a valid license from the DEA to write prescriptions, but is an expert in nutritional therapies involving vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other cutting-edge treatments. Her philosophy includes working with other professionals to get the best treatment for her patient. Medical specialists in other fields, psychotherapists and alternative practitioners are among her allies in her pursuit of optimum treatment for her patients.