Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, died a couple of days ago. Funny how Messiah's come and go, and the world keeps moving along according to the laws of physics. Moon's aim was to unify all the other religions under his (of course!). Like Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion, Moon had been jailed for being a con man.
Moon also tried to unify religion and science. Today, that general effort continues with the Templeton Prize.
Religion is like a chihuahua grabbing the ankle of a runner. At best it's neutral to science, but more often it constantly attacks science when scientific evidence contradicts its dogma. Just ask Galileo or Bruno.
Quoting physicist Victor Stenger, "Science flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings"
Unlike religions, which contradict each other, the sciences are forced to reconcile any contradictions. This leads to a huge unification in our understanding of reality over time. Biologist E.O. Wilson has given the term "consilience" to this phenomenon.
Consilience is like a great patchwork quilt, with some frayed edges and a few holes, but what an achievement of the human intellect. And everyday, it grows a bit more, some frays get repaired, a hole shrinks. Occasionally the opposite happens.
Here's a recently uploaded YouTube video, from 60 years ago, illustrating the unification of many sciences as people conducted research on radiation and its health effects.
The scientific consensus on any subject (global warming, health physics, etc.) is a product of the power of consilience. To yearn for a different outcome in denial of the science is a messianic yearning.