Science Vs. Religion Essay

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Religion versus science, the debates and conflicts have been on for centuries. For both religious and scientific ideals, the faith people have drives them. In this paper, I will examine the story of “The Eye of Apollo” by G.K. Chesterton, and the episode “House vs. God” of House, M.D., in order to question this conflict. The main character—Father Brown—in “The Eye of Apollo” combines his reasoning with his religious ideals and beliefs, or we can say his faith in God leads him to the truth of the crime. However, if we try to have a deeper look at the both the rational and religious sides of Father Brown, his perspectives on the immortality and justice are similar to Dr House, who interprets his rationality based on science. Thus both the beliefs and faith in religion and science in some way reflect the faith and way of thinking of people, and the two different ideals don’t necessarily conflict with each other.
In The Eye of Apollo, Father Brown solves the mystery of Pauline Stacey’s death. Father Brown is a Catholic priest and serves and a detective. The story begins with a debut of a new religion of Apollo and the New Priest of Apollo, Kalon. The new religion claims “it can cure all the physical diseases”. Pauline Stacey was blind who was heiress of great wealth and power and believed in the New Religion. When Father Brown and Flambeau were in the building, the tragedy happened—Pauline Stacey fell down onto the elevator and died. After a short investigation of the sisters’ office and observation, Father Brown starts questioning Kalon with doubts. But Kalon gives a long speech in defense of his religion and his innocence of the murder. He believes that Miss Stacey died of her faith in the new religion, which is not strong enough to save her from the fall. Kalon thus argues that this case should be described as “suicide”. However, Father Brown keeps questioning Kalon until this priest of Apollo flees. Father Brown finally points out the truth that Kalon kills Pauline with his setup based on Miss Stacey being blind in order to get her money. Miss Pauline’s sister, Joan Pauline, is also part of the crime according to Father Brown, who has also taken advantage of her sister’s blindness and played trick on the will.
We can easily find Father Brown’s interpretation about “truths”. People apparently will recognize him as a rational and religious person who is a skeptic of pure “sciences”, however, not necessarily the scientific methodology. Upon learning the new religion mentioned by Flambeau, Father Brown holds his doubts about the religion of Apollo: he doubts seriously on whether “it can cure the one spiritual disease”. Father Brown actually has found Kalon is the murderer before he learns what is the tragedy. As he says: “there came a crash and a scream down the street, and the priest of Apollo did not start or look around… I know that he was expecting it” (The Eye of Apollo). This kind of distrust as presented by him conveys his...

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