Science vs Religion

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Religion and science contribute to the world in many different ways. In the essay “In the Forest of Gombe” by Jane Goodall, Goodall discusses her insights on these two disparate beliefs through her experiences. Religion and science are sought to be “mutually exclusive” (Goodall 148); however, Goodall believes, as a scientist, you must think logically and empirically and, as a religious believer, you have to think intuitively or spiritually. Despite their differences, they are simply ways in looking at the world through different windows. Many scientists believe that science and religion should not entwine. Scientists often keep religion separate from their work. Humans like you and I, turn to religion for an answer, for hope. Like Goodall, I believe science and religion are not different from each other but simply the way a person’s views the world as. Whether God created this universe or if they is a scientific answer to the creation of this universe, it is not as important than our future. Goodall is a well known primatologist who studied mainly chimpanzees in the forest of Gombe. Not only is she a scientist but also a Christian. Goodall believes that “the biblical description of God creating the world in seven days might well have been an attempt to explain evolution in a parable” (Goodall 150). In her conversation with the bellhop, Goodall explains to him that she not only believes in the Darwinian evolution but also the existence of God. She believes that humans may have descended from chimpanzees. While Goodall was at Olduvai, she traced the stages of evolution of a horse. Like the horse, “[she] believed that millions of years ago there had been a primitive, apelike, humanlike creature, on branch of which had gone on to become the chimpanzee, another branch of which had eventually led to us.” While she was in the forest of Gombe spending time with Fifi and

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