Happy Easter Sunday 2013! Today, Christians from all around the world will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. A triumph over death and original sin. An important day for religion, faith and belief. But not everyone agrees. Aside from those of other religions, we also have those who choose not to believe in God at all. Secular Humanists like to say that science has displaced religion. That reason trumps belief, logic over faith. So are science and religion really so irreconcilable?

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The answer, of course, is No! Secular Humanists like to point to how the Catholic Church dealt with Galileo as proof that religion and science can never mix. The common notion is that the Church was upset with Galileo on his work in astronomy, specifically over the moons of Jupiter. But the Church didn′t really care whether Jupiter had any moons. After all, it was one of their own clerics, Copernicus, who proved that a heliocentric model of our solar system was the way to go. So Jupiter having some moons was no big ′woof.′ What got Galileo in trouble was his work on vacuum. The Church could not accept the notion that a space could be void of everything when God was everywhere.

Enter Pascal, who came up with the solution. A vacuum could exist because God allowed such, and the why does not matter, much. Pascal argued, once even beak-to-beak against Descartes, that the universe is eternally infinite whereas Man′s knowledge in eternally finite. Sure, science is a wonderful thing and increases Man′s knowledge, but we mortal humans are never going to know everything. Only God can. This satisfied the Church and kept Pascal out of hot water.

A recent discovery by science may shed some light on just how important religion has been to human history. First found in the 1960s, the archeological remains of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey have now been determined to be perhaps at least 11,000 years old. In the last few years, archeologists are beginning to rethink the old notion that agriculture was the spark which lit the torch of human civilization. Religion, which put Man between God and the animals, is the key which gave rise agriculture, specifically the domestication of animals, like oxen and horses.

Surplus food grown regularly created settlements, ending the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. People formed communities, developed economies and yes, governments, too. So religion may have played a crucial role in Man learning to cultivate food, making it a profitable enterprise. But, perhaps more importantly, it also conditioned us to have faith in institutions, such as the Law, marriage, government, and in our monetary system. Accepting money in exchange for goods and services is a powerful glue that holds society together. Something that Obama and Ben Bernanke should think about once in a while.

So Happy Easter Sunday 2013 to you all! Whether you believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ or not, you have to admit that not only can faith move mountains but it also fuels the fire of human civilization. Science is a great discipline that expands our understanding, but there are limits to our finite knowledge of the universe. Religion plays a much larger role in our history than merely giving us values and morals to guide our behavior. Without it, we would probably still be running around like packs of wolves wearing crude animal skins with little more than some stone tools.