RELIGIOUS INFLUENCE IN SOCIETY ROLE OF THE VOLUNTEER MINISTER
Gerhard Lenski on page 331 of his The Religious Factor, a Sociologists Inquiry, defines religion as a system of beliefs about the nature of force(s), ultimately shaping mans destiny, and the practices associated therewith, shared by members of a group.
Scientific activities can be as fanatical as religious ones. Scientific groups can themselves be religious orthodox science monopolies. The Einsteinian concept of space and time can itself become a holy writ, just as Aristotles writings were converted into dogmas by the orthodoxy to squash any new ideas in the Middle Ages. (Einstein himself until late in his life was looked upon as a maverick and denied admittance into learned societies.)
Science in itself can become a new faith, a brave new way of overcoming anxiety by explaining things so there is no fear of God or the hereafter.
Thus science and religion are not a dichotomy (pair of opposites). Science itself was borrowed from ancient religious studies in India and Egypt.
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