Albert Einstein once said, “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
For hundreds of years, it has been common to pin science against theology. Until recently, it was believed that the two could not coexist with one another. Over the past few years, more and more are joining the “let’s allow science and religion to coexist and grow with one another” group. Science and technology are both prominent topics in the world from the new iPhone 6S and Windows tablets.
Science, technology and theology all intertwine more than some people assume. All three are grown by communally speaking and, as said in Christopher Benek’s article, “they have begun to share the common practice of postulating the future for both humanity and known universe.” Although different, all intersect their ideas and try to further expand their knowledge of the topic being analyzed or covered. Science and technology are both constantly growing and, similarly, so is theology and religious practices.
Along with similar end goals of understanding both the past and the future, technology and science both grow through theology without knowing. Technology is growing rapidly which follows the theological thought that humankind is made for the betterment of life on earth. Technology is making living easier with more apps, ways to communicate to one another easily, and so much more. This falls into a common doctrine Fall.
Reification is defined as, “making something real, bringing something into being, or making something concrete.” Reification is practiced in science, technology, and religion. In science, scientists are constantly trying to prove theories and bring some new knowledge or thought into the world. Technology is constantly bringing something new into the world that was not there before whether this entails an entire new device or improving the last one. Religious practicing and theology are both full of people trying to make ideas more concrete as some are hard to grasp (and sometimes prove with tangible evidence).
All three of these topics are heavily discussed today and are commonly, and wrongfully, pinned against each other. It is good news that technology and theology are working together because this means the world is becoming a better place for humans to live and together are able to become better caretakers of our life on earth.