‘The more science advances, the more religion will decline.’ To what extent do you agree?

YES: Science and religion are antagonistic to each other and progress in the former inevitably causes a decline of influence in the latter.

  1. The more science uncovers knowledge about natural phenomena which directly challenges the mystical or spiritual truths espoused by religion, the more it undermines religions’ influence amongst believers.

  2. Scientific advances increasingly provide the knowledge and technological innovations vital to solving our modern day challenges, making religion redundant to result-oriented modernity when it cannot achieve the same outcomes.   

  3. Increasingly sophisticated scientific knowledge and tools may be used in various specialized human activities, such as archaeology, to uncover information and historical artifacts of religions that directly undermine their long-held beliefs and practices.

NO: Developments in science can spur the increase in influence of religion either intentionally or in unexpected ways.

  1. The more science challenges religion with its discoveries, the more religious institutions and their believers develop an emotional or instinctive rejection of its findings, making their faith stronger than before.

  2. Many of modernity’s challenges are moral and ethical in nature and the more science advances, the more gaps and controversies it creates, making religion more relevantthan ever to their resolution.

  3. Increasingly sophisticated scientific knowledge and tools may be used in various specialized human activities, such as archaeology, to uncover information and historical artifacts of religions that provide new insights into them, thereby affirming long-held beliefs and practices.