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"The Star" By Arthur C. Clarke And The Juxtaposition Of Science And Religion

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When dwelling into the explorations about science and religion, one can find it quite amusing. "If science and religion are to continue to coexist it seems opposed to the conditions of modern thought to admit that this result can be brought about by the so-called
"water-tight compartment" system which, even at the present time, is frequently extolled or considered possible."(Boutroux, 406) Two powerful forces that coexist yet each of them deny one another, but yet they define one another. The perfect paradox within the world of both, two opposites that attract and one cannot exist without the other. Most people fail to understand that; they fail to realize that without science there is ...view middle of the document...

And in that same instance, people of today are just like that, struggling to understand where science and religion connect with one another and which one is right.
In the first paragraph of the story the narrator states, “Once, I believed that space could
have no power over faith, just as I believed the heavens declared the glory of God’s handwork.” Declaring his religion once had dominance over his belief in science. “I have seen that handiwork, and my faith is sorely troubled.” But now that he has seen the result of science and experienced it, he begins to contradict which leads him to doubt. And when science and religion are “confronted with each other, they appear to be in a relation of strict contradiction.” (Boutroux 407). When you have someone of religionconfronted with science (And vise versa) they can either be one of two things -- offended or doubtful of their belief . Reason being is because "Science and religion both are arguably necessary modes of thought, with science as a proponent of critical inquiry and religion as a bastion holding some beliefs as beyond question and inquiry."(Rioux 411) Where one ask questions and one doesn't, it is a sense of opposing authority or simply obeying it.
Clarke also shows this contradiction through a view of symbolism. For example, we see a crucifix, a cross with the body of Jesus on it -- mounted on the wall above the Mark VI Computer. (Clarke 303), and later on in the story we see a reproduction of Peter Paul Rubens' famous portrait of Ignatius Loyola...

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