Has Science Destroyed Mythology?
July 3, 2013 2 Comments
Plagues of Egypt explained:
One of the most thrilling and dire stories to come from our history, the Bible’s story of the Plagues of Egypt were engrained into Christianity’s mind as the ultimate proof of God’s power. No one but God could unleash such a maelstrom of catastrophes, and His word was law.
Our ancestors once looked at the world around them with awe and reverence. They didn’t understand why the sky was blue, or how the sun and moon travelled across the sky. Only that it did. They created beautiful or horrific stories to explain away the everyday things they saw. Some beautiful, some fearful. They imagined beings high above creating all that was around them, feeling blessed for such a gift.
Today, even though we understand so much more, do we still feel the same way about the world around us? As science helps us to peel away the complex layers of nature and reveal things that boggle our mind, does it help us to understand it more? Or does destroying the illusion of Nature make it seem less beautiful? Can we look at something wondrous and appreciate it for its beauty? Or does that same thing no longer hold our wonderment and awe.
The Industrial Age brought an influx of knowledge and growth the likes man had never seen. Yet as we began to understand the how and why’s of Nature, did we, on some level, begin to depreciate it as well? The night was no longer scary as artificial light removed the gloom and our fears. Plagues-carriers and the microbes that caused plagues were discovered and cures were made. If we were no longer scared of it, if it could be tamed or scientifically explained with proof, did that mean we had conquered it?
Man needs the challenge of the unknown, but what becomes of us when all that there is, is known?